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Jim Harbaugh to reporters asking about Texas coaching rumors: ‘Are you trying to be funny?’

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For some bizarre reason, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s name is being bandied about as a possible replacement for Mack Brown as the head football coach of the Texas Longhorns. The speculation about the Longhorns job already was odd given that it isn’t vacant and Brown appears to have no inclination of giving up the gig anytime soon. But Harbaugh’s name, along with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin from the NFL ranks and Alabama Crimson Tide czar Nick Saban, reportedly are among the prime candidates if and when — if ever — the Longhorns job becomes available.

Why any NFL head coach would choose to take a lesser college football coaching job — which most (or all) college coaching jobs are: A step down — is beyond comprehension. Harbaugh’s name being mentioned only further compounds the oddity of it all given the amount of success he has enjoyed in the short time he has been in the NFL head coaching ranks since leaving Stanford following the 2010 college football season.

Harbaugh clearly concurs with that line of reasoning because when he was asked by the media about the rumors and speculation, not only did he scoff at the notion, with his terse response, he more or less implied any such gossip should be viewed as a complete and utter joke.

When asked about the rumors, Harbaugh said, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, “Are you trying to be funny?”

He then made it abundantly clear he would not entertain any further inquiries on the topic and doesn’t intend to discuss the issue any further.

“I don’t ever talk about any job other than the one I have,” Harbaugh said.

Fair enough. There is no chance in hell that Harbaugh takes the Texas job, if it is even available and it was offered to him. In other instances, a denial such as Harbaugh’s should be taken with a grain of salt, as what coaches say to the media often can be cloaked in deception. But in this case, the fact that he staunchly and quickly put the kibosh on any continued discussion of the matter probably means Harbaugh is telling the truth.

Jim Harbaugh’s acting is more believable than these rumors, for Pete’s sake.