STANFORD (CBS Sports) — The Jim Harbaugh sweepstakes keeps getting upped by the hour — first there were the reports that the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos were working the hard sell, then came word that the University of Michigan fired Rich Rodriguez.
And finally, there was Tuesday’s report from Comcast Sports Net Bay Area that the San Francisco 49ers would be willing to give Harbaugh “significant personnel power” if he came to be their head coach.READ MORE: Home Alone: Helping Pandemic Pets Cope When Their Owners Return To Work
“They are willing to give Harbaugh significant personnel power,” a source told CSNBA.
Harbaugh plans to decide later this week whether he wants to take a job in the NFL. If he stays in college coaching, it appeared he would probably stay at Stanford, where he has built a potential powerhouse.
The Detroit Free-Press reported that a source “with direct knowledge of Harbaugh’s thinking” told the newspaper that the Orange Bowl champion coach was “highly unlikely” to accept an offer to become the new Michigan head man.READ MORE: Neighbors Creating Holiday Magic On Candy Cane Lane In Pleasanton Since 1953
Harbaugh is a former quarterback at Michigan, which fired Rodriguez Tuesday after another lackluster season and his team’s embarrassing 52-14 loss in the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Meantime, former Stanford great John Elway was on the sidelines Monday night at the Orange Bowl rooting for his college team but obviously wanting a shot at Harbaugh. Elway is set to become the Broncos vice president of football operations.
The NFL Network also reported that the Dolphins “had contact with Harbaugh” while the Stanford coach was in Florida for the Orange Bowl.MORE NEWS: As Oakland Lawmakers Prepare To Vote To Increase Police Staffing New Report Questions Need
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