Jim Harbaugh today said he tried for two years to get Vic Fangio to leave the Ravens' staff and join him at Stanford. The issue? Fangio had settled into the Baltimore area and was reluctant to uproot his family and move them west.
His son and daughter remain in Baltimore. Christian is a junior at Towson University. His daughter, Cassie, is a sophomore in high school. Fangio reported that both are wearing the 49ers' colors proudly this week. "My kids are very passionate and tough about the 49ers," he said. "But they're kind of the Lone Rangers back there right now. We've got to win."
Fangio, of course, left Baltimore in 2010 and became Stanford's defensive coordinator. What made him change his mind? "Jim. He was persuasive," Fangio said.
- Matt Barrows