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Stanford makes pre-emptive offer to Harbaugh

Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby has made a pre-emptive contract offer in hopes of keeping Jim Harbaugh from taking another job.

"We have a proposal in front of Jim and he's indicated he plans to accept it," Bowlsby said Sunday. "He's got this year and four more on his contract. I expect that he will be our coach in the foreseeable future."

"When you have high quality people you're going to have others coming after him. Whether it's the NFL or another university, we have to be prepared to make pre-emptive offers and do the things it takes to put tools in place that make Jim or any other coach want to stay here. In the case of a football coach, those things tend to be a little more expensive than with some of our other coaches."

Harbaugh said Friday on College Football LIVE, “I only talk about the job that I have and that’s the Stanford Cardinal. I have a sign on my door that says, ‘Just coach the team.’ That’s a sign that my Dad gave me and that’s what I try to do.”

 Stanford will play VA Tech in the Orange Bowl.