Wednesday, December 22, 2010
John Harbaugh on Jim Harbaugh's future
By James Walker
BEREA, Ohio -- As we approach the conclusion of the 2010 NFL season, coaching speculation is starting to gain steam, and one name that often comes up is Stanford University coach Jim Harbaugh.
On a conference call Wednesday with the Cleveland media, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, 48, was asked about his younger brother, who will turn 47 tomorrow. Their combined success in the college and pro ranks has made Jim Harbaugh a hot name on both circuits.
"Well, I guess Ohio State fans don't want to see him at Michigan, do they?" said John Harbaugh, laughing. "I don't know what he's going to do. I really don't. ... I'm just assuming he's going to stay at Stanford. He really likes it there. He loves those players, but we just have to see."
Much of Jim Harbaugh's decision could be riding on the future of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is projected to the be No. 1 overall pick but has yet to declare for the NFL draft. If Luck stays in school, Jim Harbaugh and Stanford could be a national title contender next season.
With John Harbaugh having great success in Baltimore (10-4), could the NFL also be in Jim Harbaugh's future?
"It might be," John Harbaugh said of his brother. "I'm kind of biased. I'd love to see him here so we can both be in the NFL. I just want to see him in the NFC, that's the thing. I do not want to see him in the AFC. I don't think my mom could take that; that would be rough. So in the other [conference] we would only have to see him once every four years."