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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Three-point stance: Extension soon for Harbaugh?

By Ivan Maisel

1. There will come a time when no one pays attention to what race a BCS head coach is, and that time may be now. Four new coaches -- Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky, Larry Porter at Memphis, Mike London at Virginia, Charlie Strong at Louisville -- are African-American. Once upon a time, we kept track of black quarterbacks. No one could tell you how many there are now.

2. Expect Stanford to announce that Jim Harbaugh has signed his contract extension before the end of the week. At the College Football Hall of Fame dinner on Tuesday night, Harbaugh discussed a honorary game captaincy sometime next season with John McEnroe. The tennis great, an NCAA champion in his only season (1978) at Stanford, attended to see friend and Cardinal classmate Ken Margerum be inducted into the Hall.

3. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone attended the dinner as well. Marrone, who grew up in the Bronx, has been spending a lot of time in the metropolitan New York area. He thinks the future of the Orange depends on its ability to reconnect the recruiting ties that existed a generation ago. “We’re going to sign eight kids from Manhattan and Long Island this year,” Marrone said.