SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday seemed perplexed when asked a question in regard to him being linked to the University of Texas head coaching job.
"Are you trying to be funny?" Harbaugh said, when asked when he is headed to Austin.
Mack Brown remains the Longhorns coach for the time being. Yet, a report said Brown intends to step down. Brown's lawyer denied that report.
Still, the speculation about who is going to replace Brown is in full swing. Another report Wednesday said Harbaugh and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin are potential candidates.
"I don't ever talk about any job other than the one I have," Harbaugh said, when asked about being linked to the Texas job.
Harbaugh is in the third year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed with the 49ers in 2011, when he was a red-hot candidate among NFL teams.
The Raiders, Dolphins and Broncos were among the teams that showed interest in Harbaugh before he ultimately settled upon the 49ers.
The University of Texas' athletic director said Brown's fate remains in question and that no decision has been made.
Harbaugh turned the 49ers from a league doormat into a perennial Super Bowl contender from his first season, when the 49ers posted a 13-3 record and advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
They lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl in Harbaugh's second season, and the 49ers are 9-4 this season and on the verge of qualifying for the NFC Playoffs for a third straight season.
Overall, the 49ers are 33-11-1 in regular-season games under Harbaugh and 3-2 in postseason games.
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