After four years with the Cardinal, Stanford head football coach Jim Harbaugh accepted an offer to join the San Francisco 49ers in the same role to see if his coaching abilities will translate at the pro level. Photo by Kevin Fixler.

The San Francisco 49ers officially announced the hiring of highly sought after candidate Jim Harbaugh, formerly of Stanford University, as their new head coach on Friday afternoon.

“It’s the perfect, competitive opportunity for me and the rest of the San Francisco organization to be a part of a team,” said Harbaugh at the midday press conference.

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