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Jim Harbaugh to 49ers, evokes 'Genius'

Updated: January 9, 2011, 10:23 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAN FRANCISCO -- All week, Jim Harbaugh had a good feeling about making the jump to the NFL and joining the San Francisco 49ers -- just the way mentor and late Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh did more than 30 years ago.

Declaring it a "perfect competitive opportunity," Harbaugh accepted the job as coach of the 49ers on Friday and said his goal is to win a Lombardi Trophy for "one of the legendary franchises in all of football."

The successful Stanford coach receives a five-year, ...

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