You can file the reported news of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh being a possible coaching candidate for the University of Texas job under the ridiculous section. The head coaching job at Texas is not even officially available yet, but Harbaugh bolting south to the Lone Star State is not going to happen. You can now breath a sign of relief 49ers Faithful.
Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com was the first to report that Harbaugh, and even Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, as possible candidates at the University of Texas. On Fox Sports Live this week, Brown said,
I’m sure Texas hopes there’s a chance there. I think there’s no question Texas is going to aim high here. I’ve been told they’re going to aim for a coach that’s won a national championship or a Super Bowl. And I think Nick Saban’s at the top of the list. I think Urban Meyer would probably be second. I’ve heard maybe Mike Tomlin could be approached in this. I think you have to look at guys like David Shaw — even though he hasn’t won a national title — and Jim Harbaugh. Both had success at Stanford and school president Bill Powers is a Cal graduate and wants Texas to be seen in the same light as Cal and Stanford.
Chip Brown has insider knowledge regarding the Texas coaching job as he was the first one to report Mack Brown was being forced out. I don’t doubt the University of Texas has Harbaugh on their candidates list, but what coach would want to go from coaching in college to the NFL and then back to college level, all under his own accord?
The only way I ever see Harbaugh willing leaving the NFL for the college level again is if his alma mater, University of Michigan, has its coaching job open up. Even if that happened, Harbaugh would likely stay at the NFL level because he was offered the job before he signed on with the Niners. Peter King of SI.com reported in January 2012 that Harbaugh had the choice to take either the Michigan job or the 49ers job.