Jack Harbaugh

8:09 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Harbaugh Parents Feel Full Gamut of Emotions Following Super Bowl

Jim Harbaugh (left), and his brother, John

Former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, knew all along they would have a son coach the winning Super Bowl team.

They also knew they'd have a son coach the losing team. That's what happens when your oldest son, John, coaches Baltimore, and your youngest son, Jim, leads the 49ers.

ESPN's Greg Garber has this great look at what it was like for the Harbaugh parents following Baltimore's win over San Francisco.

"In my 43 years as a coach, that was the most difficult game ever," Jack Harbaugh told Garber in the minutes following the big game.

9:33 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Harbaugh: Seeing Sons Face Each Other is the Most Difficult Thing in Sports

Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, visiting WKU in Sept. 2012
Credit Kevin Willis

Fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have good reason to be nervous as their teams prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. But nobody will have a more conflicted set of emotions Sunday night than former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie.

The Harbaugh's sons are the two head coaches of 49ers and Ravens, meaning one child is guaranteed to win the year's biggest game, and another is guaranteed to lose.

Last fall the Harbaugh parents visited WKU when the school honored the Jack Harbaugh-led 2002 WKU football team that won the 1-AA NCAA national championship. WKU Public Radio interviewed Coach Harbaugh, and asked him about the prospects of a Super Bowl matchup between his sons' teams.

Jack Harbaugh told us what it was like the previous time the 49ers and Ravens played, on Thanksgiving night in 2011.

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5:06 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

With Harbaugh Boys Set to Meet in Super Bowl, Old Photos Surface--of Family Fun

Jackie, Jim, John, and Jack Harbaugh
Credit Harbaugh Family

History will be made next Sunday when Jim and John Harbaugh lead their teams into Super Bowl XLVII. The game will mark the first time ever two brothers have coached in the same Super Bowl.

The Harbaugh boys have a strong connection to WKU. Their father, Jack, earned a reputation as a great coach and even better person when he was head coach of the WKU Hilltoppers from 1989-2002, winning the 1-AA NCAA national championship in his final season.

CNNSI.com has published a wonderful set of old black-and-white photographs of the Harbaugh boys growing up, alongside Jack and mother Jackie.

8:45 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

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

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.

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11:59 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Former WKU Coach Jack Harbaugh Back on the Hill to be Honored

Former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and Jackie Harbaugh
Kevin Willis

It's not every day you run into a national championship-winning football coach. Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, are on WKU's campus Friday ahead of Saturday night's game against Southern Miss. The two will be honored before the game in an on-the-field ceremony.

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