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.
What I learned this week looking into the Jim Harbaugh situation: Along with the #Browns and University of Texas, USC also made a run at him
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 24, 2014
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.