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Jim Harbaugh Sees Perfect Storm Unfold Before His Eyes
CNBC.com | January 03, 2011 | 12:02 PM EST

What is a coach worth?

Well, the answer is whatever it takes to get him.

And if that person is Jim Harbaugh, that’s a lot of money.

Harbaugh will coach what is likely his last game with Stanford tonight in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech. And while top coaches have had three or four teams pull them in various directions, Harbaugh really has a perfect storm going.

He is wanted at Stanford, where he reportedly makes $1.25 million a year. Athletic director Bob Bowlsby last month offered to get extension talks started and told the press that Harbaugh was expected to sign on the dotted line. He didn’t.

It would be stupid to count Stanford out of the big money game. They do, after all, have the second largest endowment in the country at $21.4 billion (Harvard’s now stands at $27.6 billion). It takes one rich person to give Harbaugh the money he wants and Stanford certainly has plenty of alumni that can fork over the dollars not to lose him.

But the question for Stanford won’t be about money, it will be about whether Harbaugh thinks he can continually win without quarterback Andrew Luck.

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