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Saturday, February 14, 2015 edition of the golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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Good morning everyone. Yesterday, Jim Harbaugh opened up on his final weeks with the 49ers to Tim Kawakami on the first episode of Kawakami's podcast. This is, I believe, the first time he has spoken up aside from a few snippets and leaks here and there since his "mutual departure" from the team. The only problem with the mutual part of that is that Jim says he was fired. With that being the biggest revelation (and even that wasn't a huge scoop) I'm not sure there was any new information in there, but hearing it from the horses mouth is definitely worth it. I linked it above, so go ahead and give it a listen.

What I took from the interview was that Jim Tomsula was Jed York's guy all along. All the interviews and rumors must have been just because they had to with the Rooney Rule and to keep up appearances. It reaffirmed my feeling that Jed York went about the whole situation as far from classy as one can get. But, in no way shape or form did the podcast change my opinion of Jim Tomsula. There is this idea out there that because Jim Tomsula was liked by Jed York, and that he was the choice all along, means he betrayed Jim Harbaugh. I don't see it that way, at least not without more evidence. BASG goes over this in his article, but he just seemed to be reading too far between the lines given what was said.

Sure, Jim Tomsula being leaked as the 49ers favorite to succeed Harbaugh would be awkward during game preparation. But I am not going to begrudge the man for taking a massive promotion unless something a lot more tangible comes out. Tomsula was here before Harbaugh, and did a wonderful job as defensive line coach for close to a decade. His players love him, and he took a demotion from interim head coach to stay with the team which is pretty rare in sports. Jed York comes out of the Harbaugh firing looking much worse that he did going in. As of now, I won't say the same of Tomsula. To the links!

After listening to Tim Kawakami’s A++ debut podcast with Jim Harbaugh(!), it’s tough to respect Jim Tomsula (BASG)

Harbaugh said he didn't leave the 49ers, the team hierarchy left him (Gin)

Jim Harbaugh: ‘I didn’t leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me’ (Inman)

Jim Harbaugh interview transcript from "The TK Show" digital broadcast: "I didn’t leave the 49ers; I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me" (Kawakami)

49ers offseason 2015: Quarterback (Gin)

49ers Own Third-toughest Schedule in 2015 (49ers)

Smith and Smith: One 49er's decision greatly impacts another (Maiocco)

Niners' Guard Mike Iupati Would be Coveted in Free Agency (NBC)

Combine cometh: A look at 49ers’ past, present, future at running back (Barrows)