Jim Harbaugh says divorce from 49ers wasn't mutual

When Jim Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers to become the head coach at the University of Michigan, 49ers owner JedĀ  York characterized it as a mutual parting of the ways. That wasn't the case at all, according to Harbaugh. "I was told I wouldn't be the coach anymore," Harbaugh told the San Jose Mercury News. "And then ... you can call it 'mutual,' I mean, I wasn't going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn't want anymore. "But that's the truth of it. I didn't leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me." Harbaugh said he was told he wouldn't be back on Dec. 15, one day after losing to the Seattle Seahawks. After the regular-season finale, York issued a statement. "Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions," York said. "We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best." Harbaugh said it was awkward between him and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, who eventually replaced him. "I wasn't reading anything that was on the Internet, I was really focused on doing my job, but definitely walk down the halls and people look away or they look at you and you know something's going on." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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