Jim Harbaugh is leaving the Stanford Cardinal to take over the San Francisco 49ers. Harbaugh is at 49ers headquarters now according to Matt Maiocco of CSN, and a press conference has been scheduled around 3:30 PM Pacific Time according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Harbaugh will try to follow in the footsteps of Bill Walsh, who resurrected a moribund San Francisco franchise at the turn of the 1980s and led them to three Super Bowl titles.
ESPN reports that Harbaugh accepted a five year deal for 25 million dollars, which is about in line with their original offer. This makes you wonder what exactly happened between last night and this night for Harbaugh to change his stance. He seemed to be very interested in returning to Stanford as late as this morning, and Stanford seemed very pleased with their position last night. Was Harbaugh leveraging the Cardinal to attract a stronger offer from the 49ers? Although the contract looks about the same, were there extra incentives put in place that made Harbaugh willing to leave? Or was the length of the contract extended to ensure Harbaugh felt secure in his position?
In any case, our long national nightmare appears to be over. The dream has begun for many Niners fans though. Head on over to Niners Nation to discuss this momentous occasion.