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Jim Harbaugh: Missing out on Luke Kuechly at Stanford ‘tragic’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Before becoming the San Francisco 49ers’ coach, Jim Harbaugh had great success as Stanford’s coach. But he failed to sign a bookworm linebacker out of Ohio who could have made a big difference.

Harbaugh calls missing out on that linebacker – now Panthers star Luke Kuechly – “tragic.”

“Everything was great out there, but it felt so far away,” Kuechly told Bay Area media Wednesday of choosing Boston College over the Cardinal. “They always say a plane flight is a plane flight, but it was a long plane flight. My parents wouldn’t be able to get to many games. At (Boston College) on the East Coast they were able to get to a lot of games in the ACC. The distance more than anything was the deal.”

Kuechly said the next time he met Harbaugh – at the NFL scouting combine – of course Harbaugh razzed him a little about choosing the Eagles “but it was all in fun.”

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