Jim Harbaugh

Jim Tomsula, walking off the field Sunday with assistant coach Tony Sparano after his final game as 49ers' head coach, is one of many reasons why a once-iconic franchise has hit rock-bottom.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Payton Place? Not with Baalke still here

Ignore the Yorkaganda and realize this much: Dumping Jim Tomsula, in and…

Jim Tomsula, walking off the field Sunday with assistant coach Tony Sparano after his final game as 49ers' head coach, is one of many reasons why a once-iconic franchise has hit rock-bottom.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller (49) celebrates with teammates during overtime of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Santa Clara on Sunday. The 49ers won 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Tomsula fired, Harbaugh tweets, ‘You will reap what you sow’

Twelve months after the 49ers parted ways with their most successful coach…

San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller (49) celebrates with teammates during overtime of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Santa Clara on Sunday. The 49ers won 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Browns strong safety Donte Whitner will face his former team when Cleveland takes on the 49ers on Sunday. (David Richard/AP)

Whitner recalls good old days with 49ers

CLEVELAND — Donte Whitner hears it from every direction, the constant questions…

Browns strong safety Donte Whitner will face his former team when Cleveland takes on the 49ers on Sunday. (David Richard/AP)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Seems Alex Smith got last laugh, huh?

Funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it? Three years ago, 49ers…

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
The only way CEO Jed York can save the 49ers is to cut his losses in coach Jim Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke, seek out the advice of his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and stop meddling in football matters. (Richard Drew/AP)

Jed created debacle that he can’t fix

Other than finding a general manager, a head coach, two coordinators, a…

The only way CEO Jed York can save the 49ers is to cut his losses in coach Jim Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke, seek out the advice of his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and stop meddling in football matters. (Richard Drew/AP)
Jim Tomsula insists he isn’t a puppet

Tomsula’s seat should be hot

If ticket prices were cheap and the stadium was in Golden Gate…

Jim Tomsula insists he isn’t a puppet
The 49ers franchise can establish a new home-field advantage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a win over the Seattle Seahawks tonight. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Cure Levi’s Blues? Simply, Win

There is nothing in your Stadium Builder’s License, not even some sneaky…

The 49ers franchise can establish a new home-field advantage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a win over the Seattle Seahawks tonight. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes in front of Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw during the 49ers' 25-20 win over the Ravens on Oct. 18, 2015. (Ben Margot/AP)

It’s now or never for 49ers

As the 49ers don’t need to be reminded, the Seattle Seahawks have…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes in front of Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw during the 49ers' 25-20 win over the Ravens on Oct. 18, 2015. (Ben Margot/AP)
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sideline in the game against Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday, Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Harbaugh looks in mirror after loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sure, Jim Harbaugh plays the what-if game. The…

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sideline in the game against Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday, Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
A stunned Jim Harbaugh leaves the field after Michigan loses to Michigan State on a last-second botched punt and touchdown. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Mock Harbaugh? Woeful 49ers have no right

It doesn’t matter how much they loathe him, how much enmity Jim…

A stunned Jim Harbaugh leaves the field after Michigan loses to Michigan State on a last-second botched punt and touchdown. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Michigan State defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson (20) runs towards the end zone after recovering a fumbled snap on a punt in the closing seconds of the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Watts-Jackson lumbered 38 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game, giving No. 7 Michigan State a shocking 27-23 win over No. 12 Michigan.(Melanie Maxwell/The Ann Arbor News via AP)

No. 7 Spartans use blunder to shock No. 12 Michigan, 27-23

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The snap was flubbed by the punter, and…

Michigan State defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson (20) runs towards the end zone after recovering a fumbled snap on a punt in the closing seconds of the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Watts-Jackson lumbered 38 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game, giving No. 7 Michigan State a shocking 27-23 win over No. 12 Michigan.(Melanie Maxwell/The Ann Arbor News via AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) twists away from San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) to go for a big gain after making a catch in the second quarter  Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Exposed, scorched, (pick a word) for 49ers

PITTSBURGH — In Row 2 of the press box, Trent Baalke finally…

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) twists away from San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) to go for a big gain after making a catch in the second quarter  Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Head coach Jim Tomsula led the San Francisco 49ers to victory in his NFL debut on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Maybe he’s Tom-fooling us

As yet, the team store at Levi’s Stadium hasn’t re-arranged racks to…

Head coach Jim Tomsula led the San Francisco 49ers to victory in his NFL debut on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. (Tony Avelar/AP)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula before an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

After year of change, 49ers move on under Tomsula

SANTA CLARA — Jim Tomsula has been tested so many times already…

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula before an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh remained positive despite suffering a loss in his team debut Thursday against Utah.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Harbaugh loses with class, for now

SALT LAKE CITY — All it took was one burst by a…

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh remained positive despite suffering a loss in his team debut Thursday against Utah.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh coordinates his players  inside Michigan Stadium during NCAA media day on Aug. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP)

Harbaugh will conquer haters

SALT LAKE CITY — He hardly looks the part in his black…

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh coordinates his players  inside Michigan Stadium during NCAA media day on Aug. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP)
The Raiders have their flaws, but young talents such as wide receiver Amari Cooper, center, are reason to be encouraged about the future. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Analysts: Raiders more fun than 49ers

Lately, it has been a rare occurrence when the Raiders finish with…

The Raiders have their flaws, but young talents such as wide receiver Amari Cooper, center, are reason to be encouraged about the future. (Tony Avelar/AP)
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) watches from the bench in the second half of a game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP)

49ers’ crime taints Super Bowl

The countdown that should interest us is 163, as in the number…

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) watches from the bench in the second half of a game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP)
In this Aug. 6, 2015 photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh greets fans in Michigan Stadium during the NCAA college football team's annual media day in Ann Arbor, Mich.  (Tony Ding/AP)

Harbaugh’s return brings hope, pride back to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A few blocks from the Big House, Jim…

In this Aug. 6, 2015 photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh greets fans in Michigan Stadium during the NCAA college football team's annual media day in Ann Arbor, Mich.  (Tony Ding/AP)
Juan Perez scales the outfield wall in the first inning to rob the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty of a home run. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Giants’ consolation: Catch of year

The Giants suffered a tough 4-3 loss against the Cardinals in St.…

Juan Perez scales the outfield wall in the first inning to rob the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty of a home run. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)