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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Quotes on Harbaugh's contract extension

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh (apparently) isn't going anywhere now that he's (finally) signed that contract extension that was negotiated (then tabled) a year ago.

Here are the official comments on the contract provided by the University.

Harbaugh:

“I am proud and thankful that Stanford University and Bob Bowlsby have entrusted me with the opportunity to represent this great university as its football coach. I am committed to the Stanford model of striving for academic and athletic excellence. These past three years have convinced me that Stanford will win on the football field and continue to graduate young men who will be leaders in their chosen fields.

“The associations developed with our administration, faculty and staff along with the parents and young men we have and are presently recruiting will make the Stanford model the benchmark for academic and athletic achievement.”

Athletic director Bob Bowlsby:

“Jim and his staff have done an extraordinary job of revitalizing our football program. I am very excited to have Jim leading our efforts in the years ahead. Coach Harbaugh has energized our recruiting, improved competitiveness in all phases of the game and brought fun back to Stanford football. Most notably, the rejuvenation has taken place while maintaining the highest graduation rates in Division 1-A football.”

Stanford president John Hennessy:

"The Stanford football program has made impressive progress under Jim Harbaugh's leadership. We are proud of the advances made by our scholar athletes. We are committed to continuity and stability in our football program, and to continuing the upward trajectory provided by Jim and the entire coaching staff."