Jim Harbaugh has revealed that his departure from the San Francisco 49ers was not as mutual as first thought.
We had been made to believe by 49ers CEO Jed York that the events that led to Harbaugh leaving the Bay Area were all fairly amicable and agreed to by both sides, but according to the man himself Harbaugh, that isn't true at all.
Harbaugh appeared on a San Mercury News podcast over the weekend and spoke to Tim Kawakami, telling the reporter that he did not wish to leave the team until it became abundantly clear that the 49ers didn't want him anymore.
“I was told I wouldn’t be the coach any more,” - Jim Harbaugh
“And then . . . you can call it ‘mutual,’ I mean, I wasn’t going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn’t want any more. But that’s the truth of it. I didn’t leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me,” the former NFC Championship winner added.
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Well there you have it, the unequivocal truth. Jim Harbaugh would still be the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers if it was up to him. But no, instead Jed York, Trent Baalke and co, decided they couldn't bother working with the difficult Harbaugh anymore so decided to leak stories about discord to the press themselves in an effort to make it look like everyone hated Harbaugh.
That actually happened. Harbaugh turned around the 49ers completely, leaving them with a win percentage of 70%. I would put my house on Jim Tomsula not being able to match that next year, Tomsula will struggle to reach the playoffs in all honestly never mind being in a Super Bowl or NFC Championship like two of the last three seasons.
And now Harbaugh has another big effort on his hands in Michigan, trying to turn around the fortunes of a Wolverines side that was in the news last year for all the wrong reasons. Let's just hope the Michigan AD doesn't let personal feeling get in the way of professional matters like York and Baalke did.