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Saturday
Feb142015

Jim Harbaugh: 49ers Left Me

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh told "The TK Show," a San Jose Mercury News podcast, on Friday that he wanted to return as the 49ers' head coach, but it was their choice to move on.

Harbaugh led the 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl appearance during his time in San Francisco.

"I was told I wouldn't be the coach anymore," Harbaugh said. "And then ... you can call it 'mutual,' I mean, I wasn't going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn't want anymore."

"But that's the truth of it," Harbaugh continued.  "I didn't leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me."

Harbaugh was 49-22-1 in four seasons, and he admitted in the podcast that others inside the organization began treating him differently.

"I wasn't reading anything that was on the Internet, I was really focused on doing my job, but definitely walk down the halls and people look away or they look at you and you know something's going on," Harbaugh said.


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Thursday
Jan152015

Promoted: Jim Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers named Jim Tomsula as their new head coach on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old Tomsula spent the last nine seasons as the 49ers defensive line coach. He also was the team's interim coach for one game in 2010, after Mike Singletary was fired.

"Our organization is excited to have Jim Tomsula leading this football team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "We have had the privilege of working alongside Jim for the past eight seasons. He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team."

The 49ers had interviewed their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Mike Shanahan, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now-Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan, Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and the Jets' brand-new head coach Todd Bowles.

Next up for the Niners is finding an offensive coordinator to replace Greg Roman, who left for the same job with Buffalo.


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Tuesday
Dec302014

Michigan Welcomes Jim Harbaugh to Ann Arbor

ThinkStock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- The University of Michigan introduced Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old Harbaugh is taking over for the fired Brady Hoke, who compiled a record of 31-20 during his four seasons at the helm.

“I want to do a good job,” Harbaugh said. “I want to be good. I want to win. I want to win at practice. I want to win on the practice field. We want to win in the classroom. We want to win in the community. We want to win on fall Saturday afternoons and we will have great expectations for that.”

Harbaugh was the starting quarterback at Michigan for three seasons (1984-1986) under former head coach Bo Schembechler. He led the Wolverines to a 27-23 victory over Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, finishing the season 10-1-1 and second in the Top 25 College Football poll.

Harbaugh spent the past four years in the NFL as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. During his time in the Bay Area, he went 44-19-1, winning two NFC West division championships and taking his team to the Super Bowl once. He and the 49ers parted ways after the team's season finale on Sunday.


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Tuesday
Dec302014

Report: Jim Harbaugh Signs with Michigan

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jim Harbaugh has signed an agreement to become the University of Michigan's new football coach, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Harbaugh, who just left his job as the San Francisco 49ers head coach Sunday, heads back to Michigan, where he played quarterback and led the Wolverines to the 1987 Rose Bowl.

Harbaugh has had success wherever he's been a head coach: from 2007 to 2010 he coached Stanford, turning around a program that had won only one game the season before he arrived, to a team that won 12 games the season he left. He then spent four years as the 49ers head coach, taking the team to three straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Harbaugh will be introduced as Michigan's next football coach at a news conference at noon Tuesday.


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Sunday
Dec282014

49ers, Jim Harbaugh, Part Ways Following Win Over Cardinals

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh parted ways after their 20-17 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Harbaugh spent the last four years in San Francisco and led them to three NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance.

Harbaugh has an offer from Michigan on the table and could take the job, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

"Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions," said 49ers CEO Jed York. "We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best."

Harbaugh said during the post-game press conference that it has been the "time of my life" coaching the 49ers.

"For the last four seasons I have had the great privilege to coach one of the storied franchises in the history of football," said Harbaugh. "We accomplished many great things together as a team during this period, which is a tribute to the incredible efforts of some of the most dedicated players and coaches in the NFL. I will miss competing alongside this group of players and coaches, I have the utmost respect and admiration for their hard work and support. It has been my honor to share the sideline with these mighty men. I will always appreciate and remember fondly, the passion and support of our faithful fans, and want to express my particular thanks to them."


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Sunday
Dec282014

Report: Harbaugh Will Accept Michigan Job 

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mi) -- Jim Harbaugh has decided to return to the college coaching ranks.

According to Dave Feldman of CSN Bay Area, Harbaugh will return to his alma mater to revive the University of Michigan football program.

Harbaugh is technically still the coach of the 49ers but after the relationship between the fiery head coach and General Manager Trent Baalke turned sour it has long been rumored that there would be a change.

Harbaugh was 43-19-1 while with the 49ers, including three NFC championship appearances and a 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Michigan has struggled over the past seven years under the leadership of Rich Rodriguez and most recently Brady Hoke, mounting a 46-42 record in that span. 


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Tuesday
Dec022014

Jim Harbaugh Not Concerned with Future

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rumors have swirled regarding the future of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and they only escalated on Thursday with a 19-3 loss to Seattle.

The one person who does not seem to be concerned with those rumors is Harbaugh.

"I really, I don't worry about my future," Harbaugh said Monday in his weekly media conference. "I haven't participated in any of that speculation. I just, I think I have a recessive gene for worrying about my own future."

Many reports have stated that Harbaugh could be trade bait if the 49ers do not make the playoffs in 2015. The 51-year old has one year remaining on his five-year contract.

One of the teams cited as a potential destination for Harbaugh is the Oakland Raiders, the team San Francisco plays this weekend.

The rumors gained momentum after Niners CEO Jed York tweeted his displeasure with the team's performance against the Seahawks on Thanksgiving. York has since tweeted an apology for his comments.

"To me, that's not significant," said Harbaugh. "What's significant is we move on without excuse and get it right. Make it right. That's our jobs."


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Friday
Sep052014

49ers' Ray McDonald Will Play against Cowboys on Sunday

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald will start on Sunday despite being involved in an alleged domestic dispute case.

McDonald has practiced all week after he was arrested and then posted $25,000 bail last Sunday.

"Two principles are woven together here," 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "I feel like the way the facts are and what's known that he has the liberty to play in the game."

The 49ers continue to respect the process in a case like this and Harbaugh said that his defensive tackle has been "fine" during practice.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently instated a six-game ban for the first domestic violence penalty and a lifetime ban for the second if found guilty.


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Tuesday
Mar042014

49ers' Jim Harbaugh Denies Rift with Front Office

Ralph Fresso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is refuting any reports that he and the team have a strained relationship, and that he may be traded the Cleveland Browns.

"I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football," Harbaugh told Sports Illustrated. "They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody -- my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money."

"[There's] zero opportunity or chance of [leaving] in my mind," he added.

Harbaugh has turned the 49ers into one of the best teams in the NFL since taking over prior to the 2011 season. In three seasons, Harbaugh has gone 36-11-1, taking the team to two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.

Before Harbaugh came to San Francisco, the team won 37 games from 2005-2010 combined.

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Saturday
Feb222014

Mike Pettine Addresses Jim Harbaugh Report

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine doesn't see the Pro Football Talk report on Friday about the team trying to trade for San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh as a bad thing.

Pettine addressed the situation on Saturday at the NFL Combine as the rookie coach begins to look into the current 2014 draft prospects.

"I got a phone call saying that report was about to come out and I shot the messenger a little bit," Pettine said.  "I asked how does that affect my tenor as the head coach."

"It was something that in my next sentence, I think had the word, flying followed by something, or referenced a part of a rat's body," he continued.

Pettine said he won't let the report get to him in any way shape or form.

"I think that's noise," Pettine said.  "I think that's something that has no bearing on my job moving forward.  That's a critical thing: a big part of being an NFL coach is dealing with noise."

Pettine said the organization has every right to investigate every option it has as the franchise is looking to turn the corner.

"When you look at it, I think it shows the organization is committed to turning it around," he said.  "I see that as a positive."

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