Harbaugh Reports: Michigan Unlikely, Dolphins Pursue

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Quarterback Andrew Luck and head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate with the trophy on stage after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginai Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

    UPDATE to add Miami Dolphins interest.

    The NFL Network is reporting that the Miami Dolphins have had "several conversations" with Stanford's Jim Harbaugh about a possible head coaching job.

    The Dolphins haven't indicated what might happen with their present coach, Tim Sparano. The Network's Jason La Canfora also reports that Harbaugh and the Dolphins general manager go back a ways, that might be more attractive than a couple other pursuers:

    "Harbaugh has some ties to Ireland and likely would be more willing to work with him than he would be some of the less-established entities in the front office in Denver and San Francisco."

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    Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is just about 12 hours out from  sealing the biggest Stanford Cardinal bowl game victory since 1970. But those headlines have already faded into ones about where he'll coach next year: college or pro.

    The Detroit Free Press reports that Harbaugh is likely to skip on the University of Michigan opening.

    Basically, the hot-commodity coach will decide this week if he wants to bolt for the NFL. If he continues to coach in the college ranks, he'll stay at Stanford.

    The San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos all have expressed interest (to put it mildly) in hiring the Michigan grad and former All-American quarterback.