Is Harbaugh a candidate at Notre Dame?

Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh has been vague -- as coaches are wont to do when other jobs come up -- as to whether he is a candidate for the vacant Notre Dame job, but his athletic director, Bob Bowlsby, has been unequivocal in his statements.

Harbaugh will be Stanford coach next year, accordingly to Bowlsby.

From The New York Times: [Bowlsby] said Monday he was “100 percent confident” that his coach, Jim Harbaugh, was not a candidate. He said there was “absolutely no chance” of Harbaugh’s being the next coach at Notre Dame, as he has been speaking with [Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack] Swarbrick, his close friend, throughout the process to give him advice.

The Associated Press added this, which includes Bowlsby saying that Harbaugh's agent isn't talking to Notre Dame either -- often a ruse coaches can do to maintain deniability.

Mark Purdy believes, however, Harbaugh needs to be more forthcoming about his job intentions as well as about quarterback Andrew Luck's finger injury that he suffered vs. Notre Dame but was only reported on Sunday.

Harbaugh was more specific with ESPN's Michelle Tafoya, who interviewed him before the start of Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens. Harbaugh's brother, John, coaches the Ravens.

"There's no meeting [with Notre Dame]," Harbaugh said. "I haven't talked to anyone at Notre Dame. I haven't talked to anyone at Notre Dame about a meeting.