Jim Harbaugh leaving Stanford? John says he’s not so sure

Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford team might be preparing to face Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl tonight, but the head coach of the Cardinal has been in the news today for a different reason.

Jim, the younger brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, has been linked to a number of vacant NFL head coaching positions, and is also being talked about as an option at the University of Michigan as well.

For his part, John Harbaugh said today that he isn’t aware of his brother’s future coaching plans, but said that he believes that there’s a chance Jim could return to Stanford next season.

“I don’t know what he’s going to do. I really don’t,” the elder Harbaugh said. “I thought I knew. I thought I had an idea, and I don’t think he’s for sure.”

Immediately, the Ravens coach was then asked what his idea was.

“I’m not giving it to you. Good follow-up,” Harbaugh said with a laugh. “I walked right into that. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think there’s a chance he’ll stay at Stanford. I think there’s a good chance he’ll stay there. I don’t know that for a fact, but I know this: He loves those players. Loves them. And he loves the university. So I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he stayed at Stanford.

“That’s not to say that I think he’s staying there because I don’t know. But I wouldn’t be surprised.”

If the Ravens had earned the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye, John Harbaugh says he would have made the trip down to Florida to watch the Cardinal face the Hokies tonight. Instead, he’ll take some time out of preparing for the Chiefs to watch the game on TV.

“Oh yeah, I’ll carve out a couple hours and watch it on TV,” he said. “Certainly. But I can’t go down there and see it.”

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