December 29, 2014


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jim Harbaugh gathered his players and told them he is leaving, and they joined their voices for one final, familiar chant: ''Who's got it better than us? No-body!''

''The last, `Who's got it better than us?' I said it as loud as I could,'' said wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who could soon follow the San Francisco coach's departure.

Harbaugh will not fulfill the final season of his $25 million, five-year contract coaching the 49ers that he signed in January 2011, reaching a mutual agreement with the team to part ways. The announcement came after Sunday's 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals and following a 8-8 season in which San Francisco had hoped to establish some momentum in new $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium.

''It's been the time of my life,'' Harbaugh said. ''Been a lot of great memories, great moments. ... It's been a tremendous four years, it's been a pleasure to work and serve for this organization. I feel great about what we accomplished.''

Harbaugh wouldn't say whether he is indeed about to accept the job at alma mater, Michigan, except to offer vague hints and say he wouldn't be around come Monday.


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State's Gary Andersen has added Dave Baldwin as offensive coordinator and Kevin McGiven as quarterbacks coach.

The Beavers announced the staff additions Sunday.

Baldwin spent the last three seasons as offensive coordinator at Colorado State. He previously worked with Andersen as offensive coordinator at Utah State from 2009-11, and had stints as a head coach at San Jose State and Cal State Northridge.

McGiven has been Utah State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons. Before that he served in the same capacity at Montana State.

Baldwin and McGiven join assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake, wide receivers coach Brett Brennan, offensive line coach T.J. Woods, defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a, linebackers coach Ilaisa Tuiaki, and defensive backs coach Derrick Odum.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Minnesota wide receiver Donovahn Jones has been dismissed from the program for what the school says is an unspecified violation of team policy.

The move was announced Sunday by the Gophers, who play Missouri on Thursday in the Citrus Bowl.

Jones, a sophomore, had 11 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns and four carries for 42 yards this season.

He was recruited out of his high school near Atlanta as a quarterback, but the Gophers moved him to wide receiver during fall camp of his freshman year. He had 10 receptions for 157 yards last season plus 16 rushes for 73 yards.

The Gophers have a promising group of redshirt freshmen at wide receiver for next year.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers claimed center Tarik Black off waivers from the Houston Rockets on Sunday, waiving injured guard Xavier Henry to make room on their roster.

Lakers coach Byron Scott hopes the tough-nosed, cerebral rookie can contribute immediately to the Lakers, whose big men have struggled this season.

Scott said Black is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday for a physical, hopefully joining the team for its game in Denver on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-11 Black started 12 of his 25 games this season for Houston, filling in capably for injured Dwight Howard. Black averaged 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while making 54.2 percent of his shots with the Rockets, who were forced to waive him Friday when they signed Josh Smith.

Black spent his final college season at Kansas after playing three seasons at Memphis in his hometown. He went undrafted, but won a roster spot with a strong performance in summer league play and training camp.

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