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Harbaugh Started It All at San Diego

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The University of San Diego sits on 180 acres overlooking a canyon. The campus is dominated by 16th century Spanish Renaissance architecture. It delivers an elite, Catholic education. It’s near a vibrant downtown and stunning beaches. Plus, don’t forget, there’s all that glorious sunshine.

So Ky Snyder, USD’s athletic director, wasn’t surprised in January 2004 when a “really good pool of candidates” sought the school’s head football coaching job.

Capacity of Torero Stadium was less than 5,000 at the time, the team competed in Division I-AA and there were no football scholarships, but this was still San Diego.

Then Snyder received word from Monsignor Dan Dillabough, a campus leader who worked with the San Diego Chargers, that Jim Harbaugh wanted...

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