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Niners Get Their Man – Team Hires Jim Harbaugh as New Head Coach

All along the San Francisco 49ers wanted one man to lead them into 2011 and beyond – and they got him.

The team has announced that they have hired now former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh to take over the franchise. Reports say that Harbaugh, who narrowed his options down to either the Niners or going back to Stanford, will get a five-year deal.

He was the top name in the coaching derby this offseason, as the Dolphins, Broncos and Browns all either spoke to or asked to speak to him about their coaching spots. He did talk to the Fins, but the team decided that he wasn’t serious about the job there, and will stick with Tony Sparano.

The Univ of Michigan was also reportedly interested in having Harbaugh make the move there after they canned Rich Rodriguez. The play of Stanford QB Andrew Luck no doubt had a major hand in Harbaugh’s stock rising in 2010. Luck declared that he was staying in school on Thursday, seemingly paving the way for Harbaugh to also return to the school.

Harbaugh, the brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, was a successful QB in the NFL, playing for the likes of the Bears and Colts in his up and down playing career.

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