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Jim Harbaugh meets with Stanford president

Jim Harbaugh

Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh holds his daughter, Addison, as the team arrives at the campus in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, the day after defeating Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


Andrew Luck is returning to Stanford for the 2011 season. Now the school’s president is doing his best to bring Jim Harbaugh back as Luck’s coach.

Harbaugh met with Stanford President John Hennessey and other school officials this morning, and CSN Bay Area reports that the purpose of meeting was so that administrators “could make their absolute best offer to try and retain him.”

If Harbaugh’s decision is about the money, there’s no way the best offer is going to be enough: Stanford might give Harbaugh a nice raise, but it’s not going to make him the highest-paid coach in football, which Harbaugh might become if he heads to the NFL.

But Harbaugh surely knows that, and he decided to meet with the school anyway. So he must be interested in hearing what Stanford can offer. And with Luck returning, Harbaugh may be intrigued by the idea of trying to win a national championship a year from now.

Harbaugh has also met with 49ers owner Jed York and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.