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John Harbaugh (on left) while on WMU football staff when his father Jack (on the right) was the head coach.
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WMU Has Plenty of Ties to Super Bowl XLVII

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 01/21/2013
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Much will be made about the relationship between the two head coaches in this year's Super Bowl the journey for one of them began at Western Michigan.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, like every coach, had to make his start in the profession as a graduate assistant.  It just so happens that he was able to do so under the tutelage of his father, Jack Harbaugh, at Western Michigan University.

John, who was also played collegiately in the Mid-American Conference from 1980-83, cut his teeth in the coaching profession while with the Broncos from 1984-87, spending three seasons under his father Jack and his last under Al Molde in 1987.

This connection was not lost on those on the national scene less than 24 hours after the #Harbowl or #SuperBaugh was set.

The Harbaugh connection is not the only one WMU football has to this year's big game.  Kenico Hines, who served as the equipment manager for the Broncos from 2004-11 joined the Baltimore Ravens as the assistant equipment manager prior to the 2012 campaign.  One of his former student employees at WMU, Scott Rotier, is the equipment manager for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Ravens' assistant head coach and special teams coach Jerry Rosburg was an assistant with the Broncos from 1987-91 under Al Molde, while the 49ers' wide receivers coach John Morton played at Western Michigan from 1991-92, signing a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders in 1993.

The final connection is held by one of the newest members of WMU football.  Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca was instrumental in the development of Ravens starting QB Joe Flacco while both were at the University of Delaware.