SAN FRANCISCO—According to a person familiar with the deal, Jim Harbaugh will be hired as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The source talked to an AP reporter ahead of a team press conference scheduled for Friday afternoon in San Francisco.
The team fired head coach Mike Singletary just hours after losing to Saint Louis in mid-December.
Just after Christmas, it was announced that Eddie DeBartolo was going to get back onboard with the team and help consult team President and CEO Jed York in choosing a new GM and new head coach.
Harbaugh was most recently the head coach at Stanford, and before that coached at the University of San Diego. He played for several NFL teams, including the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens.