For John Harbaugh, this weekend's trip to his alma mater in Oxford, Ohio, will be unlike any other.
That's because this weekend, Harbaugh will see his coaching likeness unveiled, in bronze, at the university's Cradle of Coaches Plaza at Yager Stadium.
It's an honor shared by a remarkable pedigree of coaches who have passed through the school. Weeb Ewbank, Paul Brown, Ara Paraseghian, Bo Schembechler and Earl "Red" Blaik, among others, also all are Miami graduates who went on to distinguished coaching careers in football.
Statues in the school's Cradle of Coaches Plaza honor Miami graduates who have earned recognition as national collegiate or professional coaches of the year, who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or whose teams won national collegiate or professional/Super Bowl championships. The Ravens win over San Francisco in the Super Bowl two years ago set the wheels in motion for Harbaugh's ceremony, which will formally take place Saturday morning.
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Harbaugh will be the ninth coach immortalized in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza. Of that group, Harbaugh and Ewbank, a 1928 Miami grad and coach of the New York Jets, are the only 'Cradle' coaches to win the Super Bowl. Ewbank also won two pre-Super Bowl NFL titles with the Baltimore Colts.
Harbaugh's statue will depict him on the sideline of the Super Bowl against the 49ers, according to the university.
When the university first announced plans last year for Harbaugh to be immortalized with a statue in the Cradle of Coaches plaza, Harbaugh said, “Miami is a very special place and as anyone who played or coached at Miami knows that the Cradle of Coaches is a great honor. To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching. To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about.”
Harbaugh's statue is not unveiled yet, but here's a look at some of the other statues in the plaza.
Should be a memorable weekend for Harbaugh and his family.