"Har-bowl" Fever at WKU

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

You say the name Harbaugh near WKU, and many think of the legendary head football coach jack.

But it's his sons, John and Jim, who are making the name famous by being the first brothers to face off as head coaches for opposing teams in the Super Bowl.

In 2002, Jack Harbaugh lead the Hilltoppers to their first division 1-AA National Championship.

It was said that yesterday when his sons faced off in the NFL divisional championships, he and his wife were at home watching the game. That has old friends wondering if they'll be sitting at home quietly come Super Bowl Sunday.

"Can you imagine a mom and dad, the only two sons they've got, and they're playing for the superbowl, and they both make it," said "Mr. Western" Lee Robertson.

The man who worked along-side Jack Harbaugh at WKU as the athletic trainer says no matter where they are, their mother Jackie will likely be making some noise.

"She'll be yelling at the referees... holding!" said WKU Athletic Training Director Bill Edwards.

Edwards says jack always talked about how different his sons were.

"He would always say, I don't understand how both of these guys could be so different, but be brought up in the same house, having the same mother and father, eating the same food...but he'd always talk about how different they were," said Edwards.

Robertson says Jim is much like his father, an outgoing presence on the field, while John seemed to be more like his mother.

"John is a little laid back, and a little calmer and a little easier going, not ready to jump out there," said Robertson.

Edwards says their mother Jackie did have one dream, that the three could one day coach together.
They may not be on the same team, but she will get to watch a once in a lifetime display of coaching, and one will come home with a ring.

Edwards says Jim Harbaugh actually helped his dad coach on the WKU sidelines when he was in town, and it's no surprise both sons inherited his talents.


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