Super Bowl

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.

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

Lexington native and former Louisville Cardinal kicker David Akers could hold the key to Super Bowl victory for the San Francisco 49ers. Both the Niners and the team they'll face in Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens, have extremely good defenses. It's very possible the game could come down to a last-second field goal.

Normally, you'd love to have a six-time Pro Bowler like Akers taking that kick for your team.

But as the New York Times profiles in this piece, Akers has been erratic this season. He tied the NFL record for longest field goal early in the season, then went on to miss more attempts than any other kicker in the league.