Niners' Baalke: Harbaugh has 'heck of a job'

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
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Indianapolis — New Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh told the San Jose Mercury News his split with the San Francisco 49ers in December was not mutual as the team suggested.

At the NFL scouting combine Wednesday, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke declined an opportunity to respond to Harbaugh's stance.

"I have no response to that," Baalke said during his podium interview at Lucas Oil Stadium. "Jim's moved on; we've moved on. He's got a heck of a job. We've got a new head football coach, and we're trying to get ready for the draft, free agency and the offseason program."

Harbaugh certainly appears comfortable in his new job, and he began recruiting shortly after his hiring became official on Dec. 30. He also attended the Michigan-Michigan State men's basketball game Tuesday night at Crisler Center.

"He's got a heck of a job," Baalke said. "Head coach of the University of Michigan is a heck of a football job, and I know that's something that he always wanted to do and we've moved on as well."

The 49ers and Harbaugh officially split on Dec. 29, the final day of the NFL regular season. They later hired Jim Tomsula, formerly the San Francisco defensive line coach. In four years under Harbaugh, the 49ers went 44-19-1 and won the NFC in 2012.

"Jim did a heck of a job," Baalke said. "He's a heck of a coach. Once again, he's gone his direction, we've gone ours. We feel very good about the direction we're heading, and I'm sure he does as well."

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