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Jim Harbaugh named head coach of 49ers

Jim Harbaugh was introduced as the San Francisco 49ers' next head coach during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Harbaugh leaves Stanford, where he led the Cardinal to a 12-1 record this season and Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech earlier this week.

Harbaugh was 29-6 in three seasons as the head coach of San Diego with back-to-back 11-1 seasons in 2005 and 2006. He then moved on to Stanford, spending four seasons in Palo Alto and compiling a 29-21 overall record. Stanford was 9-15 in Harbaugh's first two seasons, but went 8-5 in 2009 and then had the big season in 2010.

"I view it as the perfect opportunity," Harbaugh said of the 49ers job during the press conference. "The perfect competitive platform."

Harbaugh's star quarterback at Stanford, Andrew Luck, decided earlier this week to not enter the NFL Draft and return to Stanford for another season. Luck, however, will be playing for a new coach.

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