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Jim Harbaugh says good bye to 49ers in final press conference

The rumors have been running heavy that Jim Harbaugh is headed to Michigan after today. He effectively said good bye at his post-game press conference.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media following Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, and he basically said good bye. As the press conference was happening, all the major national reporters tweeted that a source indicated Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers had agreed to part ways.

Harbaugh did not specifically say "good bye", but his extensive use of the past tense made it very clear. He initially was asked about the Michigan news, and he said announcements would be made concerning those things. He also said the 49ers would likely have a statement at some point. He then went into the past tense, discussing the great relationships he developed and all the great things accomplished. He event dropped a Dirty Dancing quote, saying he had the time of his life with the 49ers.

There was little doubt he was going to be gone after this game, but this press conference nailed it all in a nutshell. He suggested a statement will be released at some point, and my guess is we see it sometime tomorrow. Jim Harbaugh normally has a Monday press conference the day after a game, including the season-ending press conference. I suspect Jed York and/or Trent Baalke will instead be the ones meeting with the media, if not Monday, then shortly thereafter.

The highlight of the press conference had to be the reporters trying to get him to give up something on all this. At one point, someone asked Harbaugh if he would miss the NFL. Harbaugh responded, "Is the NFL going somewhere?" Michigan is the main report at this point, but all the way to the end, Harbaugh is playing it close to the vest.