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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Harbaugh: '100 percent committed to Stanford'

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller 

Responding to speculation he's a candidate for several NFL head coaching jobs, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement late Tuesday saying, "I would like to unequivocally state that I am 100 percent committed to Stanford and I look forward to leading this football program for years to come."

It concluded, "I have no desire to coach anywhere besides Stanford at this time."

Harbaugh has been connected to vacancies with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

It was reported in November that Harbaugh and Stanford had come to terms on a contract extension, but the contract apparently remains unsigned amid the coaching rumors.

Harbaugh's statement didn't address his contract situation with Stanford.

The statement also included a note that, "Coach Harbaugh is not available for further comment on this issue at this time."

What does this mean?

First, there's plenty of gray area here: "...at this time" does not address tomorrow.

Second, until the new contract is signed, there will be speculation that Harbaugh might end up elsewhere.

Third, the odds are fairly good Harbaugh will be coaching Stanford next fall.