OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University now has two graduates who have become the winning head coach of a Super Bowl.
Following the 34-31 triumph by his Baltimore Ravens over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday (Feb. 3) in Super Bowl XLVII, John Harbaugh ('84) joined Wilbur "Weeb" Ewbank ('28) as members of Miami's famed Cradle of Coaches who have climbed to the top of Mount NFL.
Ewbank, led by legendary quarterback Joe Namath, coached the New York Jets to victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III (1969).
Harbaugh becomes only the 28th individual in history to have become a Super Bowl-winning head coach, joining Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh and 24 others.
One other Miamian, Paul Brown ('30), won NFL World Champion titles in 1950, '54 and '55 as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. In addition, Ewbank's Baltimore Colts of 1958 and '59 were also pre-Super Bowl NFL champs.
Harbaugh's triumphant moment did, however, come at the expense of his younger brother, Jim, head coach of the 49ers. True to form, John chose to give credit to his sibling.
"When the 49ers came roaring back, like you knew they would, because that's the way it been Jim's whole life," said Harbaugh. "I think Jim's the best coach in the National Football League. After the game, I told him that I loved him. Coaching against my brother in the Super Bowl was the toughest situation I've ever been involved with."
Harbaugh and his family--wife Ingrid and daughter Alison--will ride in one of the lead cars in Tuesday's (Feb. 5) victory parade hosted by the City of Baltimore.
One might assume that last night's achievement put Miami in exclusive company and you're right. However, unlike many other parts of the historical Cradle of Coaches, Miami was not the first university to have two different alumni serve as winning Super Bowl head coaches. In fact, it might become one of the great sports trivia questions ever. Besides the Harbaugh-Ewbank tandem at Miami, the University of Dayton boasts of Chuck Noll and Jon Gruden, San Jose State has Bill Walsh and Dick Vermeil, and Arkansas has Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.