As he prepares his Michigan Wolverines for the Orange Bowl, Jim Harbaugh's name is already swirling in the NFL rumor mill with the Rams firing head coach Jeff Fisher.
But, it sounds like Harbaugh put an end to those rumors with his players in an emphatic way. "He said '(I'll keep this) short, sweet and to the point: I'm not leaving,'" Michigan's fifth-year senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow said Tuesday prior to the team's annual football bust in Livonia, according to MLive.com. "He said (the NFL rumors) are 'lies made up by our enemies.'"
After a successful four-year stint with the 49ers, it's no surprise Harbaugh's name came up for LA. In four seasons as the 49ers' head coach, Harbaugh finished with a 44-19-1 regular-season record.
Harbaugh also went 5-3 in the playoffs and led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII, in which he lost to his brother John's Ravens, 34-31.
"He said, 'You're stuck with me,'" said Glasgow.
Since taking over as Michigan's head coach in 2015, the Wolverines have gone 20-5 and won the Citrus Bowl last year. One year before Harbaugh was at the helm, Michigan went 5-7 and just 3-5 in the Big Ten Conference.
The 49ers, currently riding a 12-game losing streak, are 6-23 since "mutually parting ways" with Harbaugh after the 2014 season.
Remember all those stories about how the 49ers were going to try to sign Kirk Cousins?
Well. They were all accurate.
On Wednesday, 49ers GM John Lynch was asked about acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo at the deadline.
"We made the trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was like in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually," Lynch said on ESPN radio. "I was proud of Kyle because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise and he didn't hesitate.
"But even then, Jimmy had to really prove himself. Kyle was really smart -- he didn't play him right away ... when he did put him in, he put him in a position to succeed.
"I would tell you that Jimmy really impressed Kyle, to the point where he said, 'This is our guy.'"
Yes. Garoppolo is the 49ers' guy.
The 26-year old signed a 5-year deal worth up to more than $137 million (with over $74 million guaranteed).
Cousins, meanwhile, inked a 3-year deal with Minnesota that will pay him $84 million guaranteed.
Terrell Owens has selected former 49ers special teams and wide receivers coach George Stewart as his presenter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“He knew what to get out of me,” Owens told the Hall of Fame.
“He knows who I am. To know who Terrell Owens is, you have to spend some time with him. . . George Stewart became a father figure to me.”
Owens was elected into the Hall of Fame in February. He will enter the Hall of Fame in a class that also includes wide receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, and contributor Bobby Beathard.
Owens played special teams under Stewart’s direction as a rookie after coming to the 49ers in 1996.
From 2000 to ’02, Stewart worked as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach. Owens was selected to three consecutive All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls during that time. Owens ranks No. 2 all time behind Jerry Rice with 15,934 receiving yards. He is third all-time with 153 receiving touchdowns.
Stewart is set to enter his 30th NFL season as an assistant coach and his second as special-teams coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Class of 2018 will be enshrined inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 4.