KCSP-AM in Kansas City is reporting that Jim Harbaugh has been offered the Kansas football coaching job and will accept it as soon as tomorrow.
2 Sources have told 610 Sports Radio that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh will fly to Lawrence following Saturday’s Heisman Trophy Ceremony to accept the deal to be the new Kansas Head Coach. He’s expected to have an annual salary of $2.7 million a year. In a statement, KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins said that the process is “ongoing” and “We have not offered the Head Coaching position to anyone.“
Kansas City ABC-TV affiliate KMBC is also reporting that Harbaugh has been offered the job.
Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has been offered a “lucrative” contract with the University of Kansas, sources tell KMBC-TV. Harbaugh is currently in New York City in preparation for Saturday’s Heisman Trophy presentation.
KMBC’s Nick Griffith reported that Harbaugh may be delaying his acceptance of the offer so he doesn’t take the spotlight away from Stanford’s Heisman Trophy candidate Toby Gerhart.
KMBC also notes, “Harbaugh has ties to the Kansas City area — his wife (Sarah) is from Belton, Mo.”
When contacted, Stanford Assistant Athletic Director Jim Young declined comment on the KMBC report. Apparently Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby was unavailable for comment.
After the KCSP and KMBC reports, Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins released this statement: “We will not comment on rumors about any potential candidates for the position of head football coach at the University of Kansas … The process is ongoing. We have not offered the head coaching position to anyone.”
For Harbaugh to consider the Kansas job, it’s reasonable to assume that the school is offering him considerably more money than what the coach is currently making at Stanford. From a football perspective, some might say that going from Stanford to the Jayhawks is a lateral move for Harbaugh.
It does appear though that the Jayhawks could be ready to win consistently thanks to the program-building by former Kansas Coach Mark Mangino the previous three seasons.
UPDATE: WHB-AM in Kansas City is now also reporting that Harbaugh has been offered the job.