For Former WKU Coach, Super Bowl Matchup is a Dream--and a Whole Lot of Stress

Jan 20, 2013

Jack and Jackie Harbaugh returned to WKU last September to be honored by the school. Their sons will coach both teams in Super Bowl XLVII.
Credit Kevin Willis

Former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, find themselves in an amazing position.

They don't have one son coaching a team in the next Super Bowl. They have two sons coaching teams in the next Super Bowl.

The Harbaugh's son, Jim, is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game Sunday afternoon. The Harbaugh's other son, John, is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, who beat the New England Patriots in the AFC title game Sunday night.

Last September, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh returned to WKU to be honored at halftime of the Hilltoppers' win against Southern Miss. Jack coached WKU from 1989-2002, winning the 1-AA NCAA championship in his last season.

In an interview with WKU Public Radio the day before they were honored, both parents rolled their eyes when asked what it was like to watch their sons coach in the NFL. They said it filled them with stress and admitted they hated it when the 49'ers and Ravens play each other.

That's exactly what is going to happen now, with the Super Bowl championship going to the winner.

If Jack and Jackie Harbaugh handle Super Bowl Sunday like they have the rest of the playoffs, they'll hunker down in the basement of their Wisconsin home, watching the big game without anybody else around.

“We share our misery with no one but ourselves,” Jack Harbaugh told the San Francisco Chronicle recently.