Jim Harbaugh might be a brash, abrasive and fiery son of a bitch, but don’t say that he doesn’t give a damn good handshake. Jim Schwartz found that out the hard way on Sunday, right after Harbaugh’s 49ers turned Schwartz’s Detroit Lions into house cats.
The main lesson to come out of Harbaugh’s hiring is that the NFL needs to take a good, hard look at its Rooney Rule. The rule, which stipulates that any team with a head-coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate, ended the week with its reputation in tatters.
As I stood in the tunnel listening to that speech, I was gripped by an ethical dilemma, the first in my time covering Stanford sports–should I record what was being said and quote Harbaugh afterward as having said it?
Rather than give a long-winded introduction, I’m just going to come right out and say it: USC is now Stanford’s biggest rival. It has surpassed Cal as Enemy No. 1 on the Farm, and rightly so.