LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - "Who's got it better than us? Noooobody!" It is a saying that Jack Harbaugh has carried with him since childhood, and never has it been more appropriate than this weekend.
Harbaugh's sons, John and Jim, will face off in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday in New Orleans. John is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Jim is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
"Every single parent can identify with that, that thrill of victory and the agony of defeat," Jack said at a news conference with wife Jackie."On Sunday night we're going to experience both of those great emotions and our thoughts will be with the one that comes up a little short."
That game will be the second in a big weekend for the Harbaugh family. On Saturday night at 9 p.m., Jack and Jackie's son-in-law, Tom Crean, who is married to their daughter Joani, will lead #3 Indiana against #1 Michigan in Assembly Hall.
Crean has embraced the football first mentality of his in-laws, and has learned valuable lessons that have helped him rebuild IU basketball.
"There is no question that how Jim recruited at Stanford was a huge, huge, driving inspirational force for us here not to settle, when we got in here,"Crean told WAVE 3 Sports. "If we took a few hits along the way, there are no shortcuts to success, there is no settling for recruits, you get people that fit. You don't base it on what somebody has got them ranked, how many stars they have next to their name. You based it on what you believe and Jim did that at Stanford. He really did that at Stanford. He recruited to the academic mission, but he recruited people that fit his identity as a player and coach and look what happened at Stanford. There are so many lessons that we have. Someday, I'm sure there will be a book someday, but right now it's a book that is being written constantly, it's awesome."
John Harbaugh was once as assistant football coach at Indiana. Jim was once an assistant at Western Kentucky University. Jack was the Toppers head coach, leading WKU to the 2002 division I-AA National Championship.
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