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Posted at 3:44 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Jim Harbaugh to coach San Francisco 49ers

By Cindy Boren

Jim Harbaugh has reached agreement on a five-year deal to coach the San Francisco 49ers.

Harbaugh's decision came down to a choice between staying as head coach at Stanford with returning quarterback Andrew Luck, and moving into the NFL, where there's already at least one intriguing matchup next season. His 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens, coached by his brother, John, next season, in Baltimore.

The hiring will be announced at a 6:30 p.m. EST press conference and was first reported by ESPN.

Harbaugh agreed to a deal that, according to Adam Schefter, is worth $25 million.

Did Harbaugh make the right decision? The Niners have had some luck with hiring out of Stanford ...

By Cindy Boren  | January 7, 2011; 3:44 PM ET
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As a Duck fan, I am delighted to see Harbaugh take the 49er job. Facing Luck next season will be bad enough.

Posted by: sadiebelle95 | January 7, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

As a fellow Pac-10(12)er, agreed.

Posted by: marathoner | January 7, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Duck, too, and Harbaugh and Stanford were bad enough, but it looks like Washington is coming back, too. The PAC12 looks like it will be the toughest conference in the country for years to come. The systematic dismantling of Auburn on national television this Monday will make the abundantly clear to everyone.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | January 7, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck, Ducksters, in the big game Monday.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 7, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Choosing the 49er's over the Dolphins must have been a West Coast over East Coast decision, because the Dolphins are the better team and organization. If they can get their QB situation settled (Henne improving or free agent), Miami will be a playoff contender right away. San Fran is years away, and may never get there without an organizational overhaul. Parcells has made Miami legit.

Posted by: paul6554 | January 7, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The 49ers play in a cupcake division. Harbaugh could probably beat out Arizona, St. Louis and Seattle w/ his Stanford players. Face the Patriots and Jets 4 times a year and face the NFC west. No brainer.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 7, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Take the money and run, Luck should have gone too.

Posted by: kevin812 | January 7, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

what is mibrooks27 smoking? PAC10 the dominant conference for years to come? LOLOL! Dream on pal! PAC-10 always plays a pattycake schedule on the west coast. Put Oregon in the SEC and they are nothing better than a .500 team, down in the middle of the pack. Auburn will show the country just how weak the Pac-10 is against the Ducks next Monday nite, it won't be pretty. Duck fans get your crying towels out you will need them. Truth is there are at least 3 or 4 SEC teams that could easily dispatch the Ducks in a bowl game.

Posted by: mikepem01 | January 7, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

why can't we get a young coach that can connect with the yo mtv raps crowd. that glass eyed weasel and his alien looking son are creeping me out on appearance alone. garret in dallas, harbaugh, tomlin, the cat in tampa, and we got the old razor lipped, one eyed weasel. wow... 2HWTR

Posted by: doyouktt | January 7, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Harbaugh's definitely on the fast track and might be the next great coach in the NFL. I lived in San Diego when he started his head coaching career at the University of San Diego (Division II). He came in and in his 1st season, they went 7-4. In his second season, he had the team at 11-1 and repeated that record in his third season. He did this w/o scholarships to offer his players. He couldn't get division 1 schools to play against for fear of being knocked off.

Next stop, Stanford. Big jump from division II to major division 1 conference. The program was horrible when he arrived. Took him a while to recruit the top players in California and elsewhere. First season: 4-8, second season: 5-7, Third season: 8-5, This season: 12-1, dominated in a BCS bowl. Bye bye Stanford.

It might take him a few years to build the 49ers, but his track record is pretty good.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 8, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

The guy is a winner. A winning coach and in my opinion wasn't a half bad QB as well. San Francisco is in my opinion back. It may take a season or 2 but if his history at San Diego State, Stanford and at the NFL level as a QB are any indication of what he will do as a coach, San Francisco will own the NFC West. To answer your question doyouktt you got a guy that is an idiot as the owner and is afraid to re-build thru the draft and won't let the GM do his job.

Posted by: adamsja_2 | January 8, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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