In reply to: There's an obvious reason why this isn't official yet posted by ShermanOaksND
The 49ers don't have to let him go to another NFL team unless they feel they're adequately compensated for his departure. That's a bargaining chip the 49ers don't possess with respect to Michigan, and unfortunately that might end up as a decisive reason why Harbaugh ends up in Ann Arbor.
I'm not so sure that doesn't happen.
They want him at um
After failing to get Gruden to return, they'll give Harbaugh virtually anything he wants. The one huge issue is what they're willing to give to the 49ers.
stability of home stadium is.
The Niners are going to let him walk for almost nothing; the buyout and a low round pick, perhaps. If he wants to take his staff with him (Fangio) they might ask for more than that.
a guy who would abandon ship upon the first call from the NFL.
Back story: A friend of mine was recruited by ND around 1995 and was an early committal. ND was the only D I offer he had. That summer, was invited to Las Vegas to play in a Nike camp. It was during this camp that he hung 50 on Kobe Bryant.
Well, offers and phone calls came out of the woodwork. His father told him to give ND his entire respect because they offered him when no one else would sniff at him. He made a recruiting visit to ND and asked McLeod one question; if the NBA called you with a job offer, what would you do?
McLeod's answer: I would be out of here in a heartbeat.
He went to FSU where he became an Academic All-American but the guy who recruited him, Pat Kennedy, left for DePaul the next year. The guy who replace Kennedy was a jerk.
Harbaugh would lie to the recruit and not think twice about it. Ask Alex Smith.
high paid liars. They sell the dream to every recruit. That's what they do for a living. And coaches all understand this well.
when his lips are moving.
coaching. I am willing to cut them slack. They are selling 17-23 year olds on a dream.
you can actually focus on coaching and not all the other bullshit.