SI.com: Who's in the hunt for Jim Harbaugh?
Stanford Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates his team's win at the Orange Bowl.
January 6th, 2011
11:52 AM ET

SI.com: Who's in the hunt for Jim Harbaugh?

It’s safe to say that Jim Harbaugh is pretty set on heading out of the college ranks and making the transition to the NFL. But the bigger question is who will land the lauded and highly sought after Stanford coach who dreams of winning his first Super Bowl.

SI.com’s Don Banks weighs in on the five teams reportedly interested in Harbaugh, coming to the conclusion that while the San Francisco 49ers are clearly the favorite, there are a few factors that could ultimately dissuade the Cardinals’ coach from joining the Niners.

“While San Francisco owner Jed York is desperate to find the right man to lead his team and help the franchise finally get a new stadium, he's reportedly not in the position to shell out the $6 million or $7 million per year that Harbaugh is rumored to be seeking,” Banks writes. “In that scenario, it's possible Harbaugh could price himself out of the 49ers price range.”

But which teams are willing to cough up the kind of cash that Harbaugh is apparently looking for? In come the Miami Dolphins, whose Harbaugh-landing prospects fall just short of the Niners. It’s not that they don’t have the cash to attract Harbaugh’s attention, but joining the AFC East with stacked teams like the Patriots and Jets is probably not how a first-year NFL coach is looking to start his career.

Other teams in the running: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers. While they have far less of a shot than the Niners or Dolphins, anything is possible as Harbaugh makes his decision in the coming weeks.

Up tonight, MTSU takes on Miami in the GoDaddy.com Bowl:

Mid-Tennessee vs. Miami, Ohio (8:00 p.m., ET) – The 9-4 RedHawks take on the 6-6 Blue Raiders tonight in Mobile, Ala. as college football heads into its home stretch.

By The Numbers

$96 million – Amount of Adrian Beltre’s new six-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

20 – Number of shots Igor Bobkov was able to stop during Russia’s 5-3 rout of Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships Wednesday.

79.7 – percentage of Hall of Fame votes Bert Blyleven received this year. Blyleven along with Roberto Alomar were chosen for this year’s Baseball HOF.

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  1. Jerry

    Good for Bert!

    As for Alomar, I don't find him any more deserving of induction than Lou Whitaker so why does he get in in his second year on the ballot when Lou gets bumped off it in his first? Hell, they put Phil Rizzuto in and there's no way he was as good as Whitaker!

    If Larkin gets in and Trammel doesn't, if Morris doesn't get in, and if the Veterans Committee doesn't induct Mickey Lolich it will prove that it's not really a "Hall of Fame" but more a "Hall of Big Market Popularity and Highlight Reels".

    January 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. david

    The SanFrancisco 49ers should do everything in their power to get Vince Young. They should trade Alex Smith which is a Bust after 6 years. Vince needs a fresh start and could be a great QB for the future of the Niners. Alex Smith needs more stablility and a fresh start also

    January 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Darth Raider

    The former QB coach for the Oakland Raiders should return to the team with the most upside in the NFL. The OaklandRaiders. Harbaugh will finish what coach Cable started and return the Oakland RAYDUHS to glory once again.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Slapshot

    49ers is my team and i cant believe we waisted that much time on weak ass QBs we are known for great QBs and making the playoffs damn it! ! get back to the old school 49ers smash mouth damn it! smash mouth

    January 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |