At the University of San Diego, the small Catholic school where Jim Harbaugh presumably threw his first sideline tantrum as a head coach, the stories they tell are about intensity and motivation. Then, as now, Harbaugh had both in large quantities.
On Feb. 3, hell be coaching the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The fact hes just seven years removed from coaching at USD, a non-scholarship program at the FCS level, would rate as a meteoric rise except to those who know him.
It really doesnt surprise me, said Jimmie Dougherty, an offensive assistant during Harbaughs three-year stay at USD from 2004-06. Hes a great football mind. He gets the game first and foremost, but beyond that hes a brilliant motivator. Its been a fast rise, and it hasnt been that long, but I think its cool that hes never changed who he is or his approach to the game.
The intense demeanor? The competitive nature? The will to win? Harbaugh had all of that, just like his father Jack and his older brother J...