Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts after Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (not pictured) scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: USC Trojans also made a run at 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh

Despite the fact that he’s led the San Francisco 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship Games–with one appearance in the Super Bowl–there’s been a lot of talk about just how close Jim Harbaugh was to not being with the team this offseason.

First, as with most other big names, he was rumored among the candidates to take over the Texas Longhorns. Then, last week, the internet world almost exploded when Pro Football Talk broke a story about a deal being close between the Cleveland Browns and the Niners that would send Harbaugh east, a deal which Harbuagh reportedly declined.

Now, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports, there was another big time college football program looking to lure Harbaugh back to their ranks, and it was none other than his former nemesis, the USC Trojans.

Although these are merely rumors that should be taken with a grain of salt, signs pointing toward a long-term future for Harbaugh in San Fran is not looking good.

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  • G Man

    The USC coaching search is proving to have been more exhaustive than it appears to the public. This report is more proof that USC made the best hire it could have with Sarkisian.

    The facts are now showing that USC contacted Nick Saban, Jon Gruden, and Jim Harbaugh. It’s likely that there are many more big names that Hertiage Hall contacted prior to homing in on Sark. It was not an arbitrary hire.

    Fight On.