John Harbaugh to be honored with statue at Miami (Ohio)

With a Super Bowl championship now in hand, John Harbaugh will be immortalized as a member of Miami (Ohio) University’s famous Cradle of Coaches, the school announced Tuesday.

Harbaugh, a 1984 graduate of the school, will be inducted into the association and a bronze full-body statue depicting the Ravens coach on the sidelines in 2013 will be added to Yager Stadium’s Cradle of Coaches Plaza early in 2014.

The other members of the Cradle of Coaches are Earl “Red” Blaik, Paul Brown, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, Wilbur “Weeb” Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Glenn “Bo” Schembechler. The statues 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 titles.

“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,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching. To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about. I am most grateful to Miami, which is to say the coaches, teammates and professors that made a positive impact on an impressionable young guy.

“Coach (Tom) Reed gave me an opportunity and taught me important lessons about becoming a man. Coach (Jay) Fry pushed and supported us. There are great teachers and many friends that I cherish to this day. Miami is the people who have made the diff erence in so many lives. Whole-hearted thanks to the current administration and board for such a wonderful gesture. I will be forever grateful to Miami.”

Harbaugh will also be added to the Cradle of Coaches mural on front of the scoreboard on the south end of Yager Stadium.

Harbaugh and Ewbank are the two members of the association to lead their teams to Super Bowl crowns.