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Jan 31, 2013 10:22 AM

Lots Of Morehead State University Connections In Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII will feature multiple Morehead State University connections when the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was an assistant coach at Morehead State during the 1988 campaign under Head Coach Bill Baldridge. Harbaugh served as the special teams and defensive backs coach that season and also was the strength and conditioning coordinator. He left after one season with the Eagles to take the special teams coordinator position with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Former Morehead State star Phil Simms will serve as the lead analyst of the Super Bowl on CBS. A native of Louisville, he played quarterback for the Eagles from 1975-78. The New York Giants drafted Simms seventh overall by in 1979. He played 15 seasons for the Giants and led them to two Super Bowl victories. He won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award in 1986. Simms has worked in the studio and broadcast booth for CBS Sports since 1988.

Jim Harbaugh, the younger brother of John and current head coach of the 49ers, led one of Morehead State's Pioneer Football League opponents from 2004-2006. The University of San Diego won two consecutive PFL championships in 2005-06, going 11-1 both seasons. Harbaugh went 2-0 against the Eagles as the head man at San Diego.

Jack Harbaugh, the father of John and Jim, was also an assistant coach at Morehead State in 1967. Harbaugh coached the Eagle defensive backs in his first collegiate position. He left after one season to become an assistant coach at Bowling Green. Harbaugh, who compiled a 117-94-3 record as a head coach, went on to lead Western Michigan and Western Kentucky.

Super Bowl XLVII will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.


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