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Jim Harbaugh insisted Thursday that all is well with the San Francisco 49ers and he remains committed to the team.

The 49ers coach said he's "absolutely" planning to stay with the team long term.

Reports surfaced this week that Harbaugh might be a candidate for the Texas job that opened when Mack Brown announced he will step down after the Valero Alamo Bowl later this month. Harbaugh denied any interest in the Longhorns.

"As I've stated many times ...," Harbaugh said.

Asked about the rumors linking him to Texas, Harbaugh said, "Rumors? Give me evidence. What are we talking, hearsay here? Well, in Judge Judy's court, hearsay is not admissible evidence. I think we can all agree that an unnamed source is hearsay. Would we not?"

There also were rumblings of tension between Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke. 49ers owner Jed York described it as creative tension. Harbaugh downplayed any rift, saying his relationship with Baalke was "good."

"It's the 49er way," Harbaugh said. "It's the team, the team, the team. Everybody does a little, and it adds up to be a lot. Nobody above the team. Nobody more important. Nobody less important.

"Hundreds of people in this organization, and we all have a role and we all contribute to the best of our ability. And that's the team, the team, the team. We win as a team. That's how we do it."

Harbaugh, who has a 34-11-1 record with the 49ers, is in the third year of a five-year contract worth $25 million. York has said he wants to extend Harbaugh's deal after the season.

The 49ers (10-4) play the Atlanta Falcons (4-10) in Candlestick Park on Monday night. San Francisco trails the Seattle Seahawks (12-2) by two games in the NFC West.
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