Early in the college football season, it looked like arguably the two best jobs in college football were going to open.
The Southern Cal Trojans followed through, firing Lane Kiffin midway through the season, then decided not to remove the interim tag from Ed Orgeron (Orgeron left the team when he found out he would not be named head coach). Last week, the Trojans hired Washington Huskies’ head coach and former Trojans’ offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to be their new head coach.
Mack Brown appears on his way out of Texas. The Longhorns haven’t fired Brown and he has denied every rumors suggesting he is going to step down (and several reporters confirmed that is expected to happen by the end of the week), but it appears the Longhorns will be in the head coach market any day now.
San Francisco 49ers’ coach Jim Harbaugh, who left the Stanford Cardinal for the 49ers following the 2011 season, is someone the Longhorns would love to have.
When he was asked about the job, Harbaugh asked reporters if they were “trying to be funny.”
“I don’t ever talk about any job other than the one I have,” Harbaugh told Steve Corkran of the Mercury News.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Trojans approached Harbaugh about their opening before they made their hire and he “flat out rejected” them.
Harbaugh signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the 49ers before the 2012 season.