The end of Jim Harbaugh’s Thursday press conference was marked by several questions about his future. Harbaugh said he would “absolutely” like to stay in San Francisco for several more years. Then someone kept badgering him about whether he’d take the University of Texas head coaching job, and the use of the word “rumors” irked Harbaugh.
“Rumors? Give me evidence. Do you have any evidence Art or Tim or Eric. Any evidence,” Harbaugh said.
“What are we talking, hearsay here? Well, in Judge Judy’s court, hearsay is not admissible evidence. I think we can all agree that an unnamed source is hearsay. Would we not?”
2013 has been a busy year for Jim Harbaugh. It started with a playoff run that took his team within a play of winning Super Bowl XLVII. Since then, a lot of transactions, practices and games took place. There has also been a lot of Judge Judy.
Feb. 22, when Harbaugh was asked about potential draft prospects lying during the interview process:
“Oh, somebody that’s not truthful. I mean, that’s big to me. I’m a big fan of the Judge Judy show. When you lie in Judy’s courtroom, it’s over. Your credibility is completely lost. You stand no chance of winning that case. So, I learned that from her.”
Then in June, an episode of Judge Judy was aired that showed Harbaugh and his father, Jack, in attendance.
I remember being at Harbaugh’s press conference on June 4, the day his appearance made national news.
Were you happy with how the case of the roommates with benefits was adjudicated on Judge Judy?
“I’ve never seen her adjudicate one improperly. She is so smart. She is so good. I can sit there and watch those cases all day. I really could. It’s fun to watch just somebody that does their job well. And I could watch Judge Judy do cases all day. I could watch people play football that do their job really well. People that direct traffic. I get a real kick out of watching people that are good at directing traffic do it. I’ve done it for hours, watched it. But, I like football the most. But, Judge Judy’s right up there. I love watching her do her job. She’s just the best.”
Did you get to meet with her after the show?
“Yes. Before and after. Had a nice lunch with her, my dad and myself and [Bailiff Petri Hawkins] ‘Byrd’. If you watch the show, you know who Byrd is. And some of the other people, producers, etc. That was great. Played some cards with her. She won. No surprise there. And then after the show also visited.”
When did you film the show?
“A month and a half ago.”
Is she a football fan?
“It’s interesting. She said she hasn’t been a big football fan. Her father was a dentist. And used to warn against Judy’s kids playing football because he saw a lot of kids come in with teeth kicked in. So, she didn’t let her kids play football.”
Did you talk about football? Did she watch the Super Bowl? Did she have any football questions?
“No, we were doing most of the questioning. We were asking her stuff. But, we had a good talk about sports and different places, her career, her family, her husband, her life. Me and my dad were really interested.”
In other Harbaugh press conference news
On Bruce Miller’s replacement:
“Anthony Dixon will step up and do a great job, as he has been doing in that backup fullback role. I know we’d like to, at times he’d like to be running the ball more, but never a complaint about that. And, you never have to worry about AD’s effort and I look forward to watching him compete.”
On Colin Kaepernick’s ability to run and throw to his left:
“This would be probably a rare time you start comparing people to other players, but I’ve never seen anybody throw to their left better on the run than Colin does. I know I’ve said that before,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve never seen anybody throw to their left on the run better than Colin. Comparative to the universe of quarterbacks. It’s a rare comparison.”
On his relationship with Trent Baalke:
“Good. It’s the 49er Way. It’s the team, the team, the team. Everybody does a little and it adds up to be a lot. Nobody above the team. Nobody more important. Nobody less important. Hundreds of people in this organization and we all have a role, we all contribute to the best of our ability and that’s the team, the team, the team. We win as a team. That’s how we do it.”
On unnamed sources:
“I see unnamed sources related to many of these topics. And, it’s my point that an unnamed source is hearsay. In the court of public opinion, why would you give any of that credibility? Beware of unnamed sources. Beware of unnamed sources. They speak with forked tongue.”