Harbaugh won't address USC rumors

Updated: January 11, 2010, 4:46 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh declined to comment Monday on speculation that he will be one of the top candidates to replace Pete Carroll at USC .

"I don't usually talk about any other job but my own,'' Harbaugh said when reached on his cell phone by ESPNLosAngeles.com.

USC is expected to make a run at the fiery coach of the Cardinal, according to sources within the administration.

After Oregon State's Mike Riley signed a three-year extension late Sunday night to stay at Oregon State, pre-emptively ending speculation that he'd be in line to coach the Trojans, sources said that USC had turned its attention to former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, current Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and was thinking of making a run at Harbaugh, who guided the Cardinal to their first bowl game since 2001. Former USC assistant and current Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said he has not been contacted by the Trojans.

Harbaugh signed a three-year extension last month after his name became linked to the Kansas job opening.

"Neither Jim nor I comment on job opportunities or other coaching jobs," said Harbaugh's agent, Jack Bechta. "Jim's an easy target to tie his name to every pro and college job in the country. "But we just don't comment on those types of issues. We have not in the past, nor will we now or in the future.''

When asked whether USC had reached out to him to gauge his interest in the job, Bechta said, "We don't comment on those types of questions.''

In a mid-December statement, Harbaugh said, "Though the rumor mill has been running full gear, my resolve and future proudly remains as head coach at Stanford University. The reports of the last 24 hours are untrue, though I respect the University of Kansas and athletic director Lew Perkins.

"I trust this puts an end to these rumors and reports, allowing the focus of fans and the media to shine a bright spotlight on Toby Gerhart today. I love Toby and our players and coaches at Stanford, and as Toby told reporters, I am a Stanford man."

Information from ESPN's Shelley Smith and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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