Everybody loves Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh (other than Cal fans. And Pete Carroll). It appears the Miami Dolphins really, REALLY love Harbaugh.
Consider this report from Chris Mortensen:
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross has traveled to the West Coast in an urgent effort to convince Stanford's Jim Harbaugh to become his next coach, according to two sources.
Ross was accompanied by general manager Jeff Ireland and former NFL executive Carl Peterson to make the pitch to Harbaugh to replace Tony Sparano as the team's head coach, the sources said. Ross is willing to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL, which would place his salary in the $7-to-$8-million range, the sources said, after receiving a signal from the Stanford coach that he was now willing to listen seriously to the team's presentation.
The meeting is expected to take place this morning.
Harbaugh met with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, according to Mortensen.
There is substantial evidence that Harbaugh won't take another college job, most notably Michigan. Therefore, it appears it will be Stanford or the NFL.
And at this point you'd have to think -- $8 million! -- that Stanford won't be able to compete with the money the NFL will offer.