Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh is close to completing a contract extension with the university.
Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby said Sunday in an e-mail that a formal announcement of a new deal was expected shortly. The two sides were close to announcing an extension after last season, but talks were put on hold in February because of the poor economy.
Harbaugh has done an impressive rebuilding job at Stanford since taking over a one-win team from Walt Harris after the 2006 season.
The Cardinal won four games in Harbaugh's first season, including big wins over USC and California.
Stanford was 5-7 last year, falling one win shy of a possible bowl bid. The turnaround was completed this year as the Cardinal, 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference, has moved into the Associated Press rankings for the first time in eight years, at No. 14, and has qualified for its first bowl bid since 2001.