Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach, according to team and league sources.
$25 Mil! What's your deal, Jim, and how do I get one like that?
Harbaugh, the hottest coaching prospect in the country, turned down overtures from the University of Michigan, the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins, and a late aggressive bid by Stanford, before accepting the San Francisco job.
Hello there, Pete Carroll.
Other recent developments that will affect Stanford and UCLA, after the jump...
As noted yesterday, Stanford QB Andrew Luck will return for his junior (RS) year. Combined with tailback Stepfan Taylor, the Cardinal will have plenty of talent at the skill positions. Though they do lose some senior OL, the also have players ready to step in. If that OL can mature quickly and match their dominance of this year, the Cardinal offense may not lose a step.
On the other side of the ball, it is a different story. Earlier today it was also reported on ESPN's Pac-10 blog that the Cardinal is losing one of their defensive starters:
Keiser, a native of Wexford, Pa., started all 13 games for the Cardinal and finished with 38 total tackles, including 9.0 sacks. A two-year starter, he recorded 109 total tackles, including 19.5 sacks among his 31.0 tackles-for-loss, in 38 career games (28 starts).
With Keiser leaving, the Cardinal now must replace four members of its front seven.
This should make the Vic Fangio and UCLA DC search even more interesting.
UPDATE (A): Keep an eye on Harbaugh's live presser this afternoon (3:30 pm PST). Harbaugh could announce whether he will bring a big part of his Stanford staff including Fangio on board with the Niners. You can watch the presser live here:
If information comes out from the presser post it in the comment thread.