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Miami University to unveil bronze statue of Baltimore’s John Harbaugh

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Maybe the Cleveland Browns tried to acquire Jim Harbaugh or maybe they didn’t. One thing is for sure. One Harbaugh is going to be immortalized in the state of Ohio for years to come.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will be honored by Miami University, the Cradle of Coaches, with a statue outside Yager Stadium. A full-body bronze statue of the former Miami coach and Super Bowl champion coach will be unveiled on April 19.

According to a release sent out by the university, Harbaugh will be depicted coaching the Ravens on the sidelines from the 2013 Super Bowl, a victory over the San Francisco 49ers and his brother and former Stanford head coach, Jim. The statue will be the latest addition to Miami’s Cradle of Coaches Plaza.

Some other caches immortalized in statue form by Miami include Ara Parseghian and Paul Brown, so Harbaugh’s bronze image will be in some good company. Each statue in the collection honors a Miami graduate who has gone on to earn national recognition as a coach of the year at the college or pro level or have been inducted in to either the College Football Hall of Fame or Pro Football Hall of Fame. Harbaugh is a long way from entering a hall of fame, but winning the Super Bowl qualified him for the honor organized by the university. A mural inside the stadium honoring Harbaugh will also be added.

Harbaugh did not coach at Miami but he did play defensive back. His father, Jack, was an assistant under Bo Schembechler at Michigan. Schembechler is one of the other coaches already honored with a statue at Miami.

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13 Responses to “Miami University to unveil bronze statue of Baltimore’s John Harbaugh”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Feb 26, 2014 7:44 PM

    Does this seem like a stretch to fill a space with a statue to anyone else?

  2. shaunodame says: Feb 26, 2014 8:39 PM

    Agreed, this seems like a huge stretch.

  3. ducksk says: Feb 26, 2014 9:49 PM

    Really? Wtf

  4. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Feb 26, 2014 9:56 PM

    What about former players? Roethlisberger surely has earned a statue if they give one to former players with success in the league.

  5. freerayray52 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:56 AM

    Do they give statues to rapists?

  6. classyjacklambert says: Feb 27, 2014 5:45 AM

    I didn’t even know Harbaugh was ever charged with rape.

  7. 6superbowls says: Feb 27, 2014 8:00 AM

    That’s just stoopid.

  8. jtbsteeler says: Feb 27, 2014 8:02 AM

    Ray Rice uppercut his child’s mother, and it’s on tape. Keep him on the roster so we can clown the Ravens for eternity.

    Uppercut to jaw, beddie bye.

  9. crindal3000 says: Feb 27, 2014 9:17 AM

    hopefully Jim Harbaugh will be in it

  10. buckeye044 says: Feb 27, 2014 9:44 AM

    Coaches only and Miami grads. Even Woody doesn’t have a statue there because he was only a coach.

    The football program needs new life, maybe this will help.

  11. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:51 PM

    Spell check not working, “Some other caches.”

    I assume that Bill Belichick is going to have the stadium named after him at Wesleyan University and then the University’s named change to Bill U.

  12. normtide says: Feb 27, 2014 4:10 PM

    I don’t get why people are so against this. Any of you have money involved? Or is it because he coaches a rival team? Not a ravens fan at all, but I’m not a hater either. Good for Miami, they could use a little spicing up.

  13. theeperspective says: Feb 28, 2014 1:34 AM

    I think it’s funny how you pull up a video on YouTube and look at the comments and you find nothing but haters on every video. You open a sports article and boom haters on haters.

    The guy won a Super Bowl. The top honor in the world of football. Until this year he had made the playoffs every year since his first year coaching. His playoff record is top 5 if not top 3 in the NFL right now. We are talking about Miami OH, not Canton. Relax and congratulate him. The school didn’t pick his name out if a hat, he earned this. What have you haters done recently. Get back to your pathetic lives. I never comment but damn, hating on feel good stories is just so predictable. Get a life.

    What has he done to not deserve this? Arrests? Family issues? Cheater? Nope good character and successful. Congrats your the opposite if John Harbaugh hopefully you get a statue constructed at your local community college for winning McDonalds employee if the day.

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