SAN DIEGO -- Former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh was hired
Friday as football coach at Division I-AA San Diego.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity and what the school
stands for," Harbaugh told The Associated Press by phone from
Oakland, where he's finishing his second season as the Raiders'
quarterbacks coach. "I'm just thrilled."
Harbaugh said school officials asked him not to say anything
else until he's introduced at a campus news conference on Saturday
morning. School spokesman Ted Gosen confirmed the hiring but said
no one in the athletic department would have further comment until
Harbaugh played for the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and 2000, and
still owns a house in Coronado, across San Diego Bay from downtown.
He interviewed Monday at USD, a small Catholic school on a
hilltop overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The Toreros -- Spanish for "bullfighters" -- play in the
non-scholarship Pioneer League. They were 8-2 last season and tied
for the Pioneer League North Division title. Coach Kevin McGarry
was fired in October for reasons the school never explained.
Harbaugh's father, Jack, was head coach at Western Kentucky for
14 seasons. He resigned in late February, just two months after
leading the Hilltoppers to the Division I-AA championship. Jim
Harbaugh was on his father's staff for several seasons even though
he was playing in the NFL. He helped with recruiting and spring
Harbaugh played 15 NFL seasons for Chicago, Indianapolis,
Baltimore, the Chargers and Carolina. He was with Detroit in
training camp in 2001 but was cut before the season started.
In 1995, he led the Colts on a playoff run that fell an
incomplete pass short of reaching the Super Bowl. The Colts won a
wild-card game in San Diego to start that run, and the Chargers
haven't been back to the playoffs since.
Harbaugh will remain with the Raiders through the season's final
game, which will be a week from Sunday at San Diego. The Raiders
host Green Bay on Monday night.