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Harbaughs have a good game plan: stay home for this round

By Daniel Brown, San Jose Mercury News Published: January 15, 2013

And while his boys are each searching for their first championship, pop already has one: Jack was the head coach of the Western Kentucky University team that won the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA national championship.

And while Jack clearly passed along some X's and O's through his DNA, he said he watches his sons' games as a father, not a coach.

“When we watch, we're not sitting there saying, ‘They should run here,' or ‘Why aren't we blitzing?' ” Jack Harbaugh said. “We watch these games understanding what the games mean to the players and to their families. We're thinking of the people involved.”

These days, the only thing that goes into overtime is their TV. Last Saturday, for example, Jack and Jackie tuned in for a full day of family-friendly television. They watched the Ravens beat the Broncos, the 49ers beat the Packers and Indiana beat Minnesota in men's college basketball. (Their daughter, Joanie, is married to Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean.)

“My parents are in their 70s, so that's a lot of excitement, that's a lot of action,” Jim Harbaugh said Monday. “That's like going back-to-back-to-back, like three ‘24' episodes in a row.”

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