Super Bowl a family affair for Gottfried, too
Posted January 30, 2013
Updated January 31, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried will be watching Sunday's Super Bowl with a different level of interest than the average fan. That’s because he will have a relative on each sideline.
“I know them really well, we’re related,” laughed Gottfried. “I grew up around them.”
Jim and John Harbaugh are Gottfried's cousins, so seeing the two brothers trying to beat each other this weekend is a familiar sight for the Wolfpack basketball coach. Super Bowl XLVII coverage
“I believe Jim and John, they have always been unbelievably competitive with each other just by nature,” Gottfried said. “They both have very different personalities and I think that everybody felt like John would go into coaching. Maybe not Jim but I think Jim has done a great job as well.”
The way the family tree breaks down, Gottfried's father, Joe, was a coach, so was his first cousin, Jack Harbaugh. That makes their sons 2nd cousins - and for that matter, Jack is also Mark's Godfather.
“Their dad was a coach and they grew up around a locker room and practices, as did I,” Gottfried said. “We have all kind of grown up in that coaching tree, coaching family.”
And it doesn't stop there. Gottfried's son Brandon played football for Jim Harbaugh when he was the head coach at Stanford
“My son had a great experience, and Stanford is an unbelievable school, but obviously Jim had a lot with him being there,” Gottfried said.
It all makes for a very interesting coaching family tree, and it should also make for a very nervous Super Bowl Sunday for the Harbaugh family, especially parents Jack and Jackie
“There is going to be a lot of angst, but also just a lot of pride,” Gottfried said. “It’s amazing. What a story for everybody in their family and our family. We’re proud for them. It’s an amazing accomplishment.”
The game can be seen on WRAL-TV at 6 p.m. with pregame running all day.