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Texas talk irks Harbaugh

Before the future of Mack Brown has become official -- one way or the other -- his successor remains a topic of conversation. Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday seemed perplexed when asked a question in regard to him being linked to the University of Texas head coaching job. "Are you trying to be funny?" Harbaugh said, when asked when he is headed to Austin. [Brown] remains the Longhorns coach for the time being. Yet, a report said Brown intends to step down. Brown's lawyer denied that report. ... Another report Wednesday said Harbaugh and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin are potential candidates. "I don't ever talk about any job other than the one I have," Harbaugh said, when asked about being linked to the Texas job. Harbaugh is in the third year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed in 2011. (Mercury-News) Comment

Bears likely to let Cutler walk

Goodbye, Jay Cutler? Unless [Cutler] is willing to take a club-friendly deal on his next contract, the Chicago Bears are likely to let Cutler become a free agent in the offseason, a source said Wednesday. The Bears would do that even at the risk of losing him. "(The Bears) believe in (coach Marc) Trestman after what they've seen from (backup quarterback Josh) McCown," the source said. "Between his system and the two big receivers (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), you have a system where a quarterback can flourish. I don't know if McCown is going to be the starter (next season), but I think the team would be fine letting Cutler test the market and then go draft someone if he left." The goal for the Bears is to not overpay for Cutler, who could be looking for a deal in the range of $20 million a year. (National Football Post) Comment

Tanaka or bust for Yankees

The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes may get too rich for a number of franchises, but one of them isn't in the Bronx. It might be [Tanaka] or bust for the Yankees rotation. The Japanese sensation remains the Yankees' top choice to fill the remaining vacancy in their starting rotation this winter, but Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have still not finalized a new agreement on the posting system. Add in the fact that the president of Tanaka's current team said Tuesday that it was no certainty the club would post Tanaka and his potential move to the Bronx appears to have hit several snags. That would leave the Yankees searching for another arm. (New York Daily News) Comment

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