Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reports that indications are that Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh will accept the Miami Dolphins offer to become their next head coach.
Kawakami adds that the deal is not yet complete, and there are certainly some procedural hurdles that the Dolphins have to do before hiring Harbaugh.
The first would be to fire Tony Sparano, who has coached the team to a 25-23 record in three seasons, but has back-to-back 7-9 seasons and third-place finishes in the AFC East.
Another item on the Dolphins’ checklist will be to comply with the Rooney Rule, which requires the Dolphins interview a minority head coaching candidate before making any hiring official.
With Harbaugh clearly their choice, they may have had a hard time finding a minority candidate to get the Fritz Pollard Alliance to sign off their hiring process.