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Super Bowl a family affair for Gottfried, too

Posted January 30, 2013
Updated January 31, 2013

— 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.

“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.

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  • mojridingrb Jan 31, 11:38 a.m.

    dey boy donts gota anythang betters to be doing den watching deygame cause he sucks, his team sucks, and hsi school sucks...

  • Hans Jan 31, 11:06 a.m.

    Wow! Has any other coach ever won both the Preseason NCAA Basketball Championship AND the Familial Superbowl Championship in the same season before?

  • Toddler10-21 Jan 31, 9:08 a.m.

    If Duke lost to Wake Tech it would be because of Kelly being out.

  • Wolfpackindahizzy4shizzy Jan 31, 7:30 a.m.

    If State loses to Miami on Saturday - Pack pride will be full of comments on him watching the... View More

    — Posted by SportznutV2.0

    and if they win, you'll be nowhere to be found.

    what obsession.

  • shakennotstirred Jan 30, 8:33 p.m.

    If State loses to Miami on Saturday - Pack pride will be full of comments on him watching the... View More

    — Posted by SportznutV2.0

    State is on the win-every-other-game plan, so beating Miami is a lock. GO PACK!

  • SportznutV2.0 Jan 30, 7:06 p.m.

    If State loses to Miami on Saturday - Pack pride will be full of comments on him watching the Super Bowl

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