Jim Harbaugh focuses on Stanford amid chatter about other jobs
Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh has seen his name linked to every major opening in the country - both college and pro - in the past few weeks.
He’s paid attention to none of the chatter.
“I’m not one of those guys who spends any time on the blogosphere at all,” he told ESPN Radio on Wednesday afternoon. “The best advice I ever got was from my dad, and it was, ‘Just coach the team.’”
Harbaugh has done just that this season, coaching the No. 5 Cardinal to an 11-1 record and an almost-certain spot in a BCS bowl game. His 28-21 overall record in four seasons in Palo Alto has turned him into a hot coaching commodity.
A University of Michigan graduate who played quarterback at Michigan from 1983-86, he was scheduled to appear at the Michigan football team’s annual banquet Thursday night in Livonia at which the 1985 Wolverines squad will be honored.
But Harbaugh said Tuesday he will miss the event because of recruiting commitments. With current Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s future in Ann Arbor uncertain following a 7-5 season, the school’s seventh straight loss to Ohio State and NCAA violations, Harbaugh has become a popular figure among Wolverines fans.
But he did not address any job openings - or prospective openings - on Wednesday.
“I don’t talk about anybody else’s team or anybody else’s job,” Harbaugh told ESPN host Colin Cowherd. “Just the one I have.”
Stanford suffered through a 1-11 season in 2006 before Harbaugh arrived and improved the school’s won-loss record in each of his four seasons.
Cowhered asked him whether the Stanford job was a “big enough” job for a coach with his rising national profile.
“No question, it’s big enough,” he said. “The experience here has been incredible, and all the credit belongs to the players. Sometimes people say you do a good job or something like that, but as a coach, you block and tackle nobody.
“It’s the hunger these players have, and their work ethic and their time, and they’re the ones that deserve the success.”