If you want to believe the media, Mack Brown is all but officially out as the Texas Longhorns head coach. And if you really want to believe the media, Jim Harbaugh is on the short list of candidates rumored to replace Brown, a list that also includes noted cranky guy Nick Saban, Stanford’s David Shaw, Mike “whoa didn’t see ya there!” Tomlin of the Steelers and emotional eater Urban Meyer.
We’d be stunned if Harbaugh left the Niners to head back to the college ranks. But still, Texas is a sexy job. It’s why there’s still no definitive answer as to whether Saban is going to leave that well-oiled machine in the comfy confines of Tuscaloosa for the Longhorns, who have fallen from the ranks of the college football powerhouses since Saban himself crushed the Longhorns in the BCS National Championship in 2010.
Think about it: You’re smack-dab in the middle of the recruiting hotbed that is the state of Texas. You have your own cable network. Austin is a pretty hip place to live (not that that’s a selling point for any old farts close to being eligible for discounts at Denny’s). Money is not an issue for UT. And furthermore, there’s no income tax in Texas. Where do I sign up?
Regardless, you have to believe any NFL job is better than a good college football gig. That’s why Chip Kelly left a good thing at Oregon for what looked at the time like a crappy Eagles job. And last we checked, Harbaugh had one of the better NFL jobs there is–good team, young quarterback, about to move into a new stadium–all in the Bay Area, a place that’s become his home.
And so when Harbaugh was asked to comment on having his name linked to the apparent impending vacancy at Texas, he all Harbaugh’d out. From Steve Corkran:
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday seemed perplexed when asked a question in regard to him being linked to the University of Texas head coaching job.
“Are you trying to be funny?” Harbaugh said, when asked when he is headed to Austin. [...]
“I don’t ever talk about any job other than the one I have,” Harbaugh said, when asked about being linked to the Texas job.
Get out of Jim Harbaugh’s face with that gobble, gobble jive turkey talk. Then again, he didn’t say no. He probably won’t take the job, but that doesn’t mean we can have fun following this story.