RePost: Jim Harbaugh, George Allen, and Michigan

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This was originally posted in January 2013, just prior to Jim Harbaugh and his San Francisco 49ers taking on brother John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl 47.

As you know, Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan football player to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Furthermore, there is no former Michigan coach who has been Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. But there is an interesting twist which could lead you to win a bar bet or two.

George Allen was Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the team which lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-7, capping the Dolphins’ perfect season. Bob Griese, father of Brian, was of course the quarterback for that Dolphins team. (Former Wolverine Tight End Jim Mandich, starter on the 1969 UM team, was Griese’s tight end for Miami).

A member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, George Allen actually spent some time coaching football at Michigan. While earning his Masters Degree from UM, Allen was assistant coach to Cliff Keen for the University of Michigan Lightweights Football team, a squad comprised of players 150 pounds and lighter. According to this article published in 1997 in Michigan Today, there was a lightweights league including UM, OSU, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Michigan had a lightweights team only in 1947 and 1948 before the league disbanded.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website has a section “colleges” in which the Hall of Famers are listed by college attended. Allen is listed under four different schools – Alma College, Eastern Michigan, Marquette, and the University of Michigan. This press release in 1981 from the office of President Ronald Reagan appointing Allen as Chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports states that Allen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1947 and an M.A. in 1948. Allen did not play football at Michigan.

So it is correct to say that Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan player or coach to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Harbaugh is not, however, the first Michigan degree holder to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team – that distinction goes to George Allen. As for the rest of the story, Allen was a coach for a University of Michigan football team… it just wasn’t the team that we’ve followed all these years.

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Jim Harbaugh and George Allen

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This is a re-post from a little over a year ago – January 21, 2013. It’s one of my favorite Super Bowl trivia type items, tied in with the University of Michigan.

As you know, Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan football player to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Furthermore, there is no former Michigan coach who has been Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. But there is an interesting twist which could lead you to win a bar bet or two.

George Allen was Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the team which lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-7, capping the Dolphins’ perfect season. Bob Griese, father of Brian, was of course the quarterback for that Dolphins team. (Former Wolverine Tight End Jim Mandich, starter on the 1969 UM team, was Griese’s tight end for Miami).

A member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, George Allen actually spent some time coaching football at Michigan. While earning his Masters Degree from UM, Allen was assistant coach to Cliff Keen for the University of Michigan Lightweights Football team, a squad comprised of players 150 pounds and lighter. According to this article published in 1997 in Michigan Today, there was a lightweights league including UM, OSU, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Michigan had a lightweights team only in 1947 and 1948 before the league disbanded.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website has a section “colleges” in which the Hall of Famers are listed by college attended. Allen is listed under four different schools – Alma College, Eastern Michigan, Marquette, and the University of Michigan. This press release in 1981 from the office of President Ronald Reagan appointing Allen as Chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports states that Allen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1947 and an M.A. in 1948. Allen did not play football at Michigan.

So it is correct to say that Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan player or coach to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Harbaugh is not, however, the first Michigan degree holder to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team – that distinction goes to George Allen. As for the rest of the story, Allen was a coach for a University of Michigan football team… it just wasn’t the team that we’ve followed all these years.

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Fergodsakes Method of Predicting Super Bowl Teams

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The last eight Super Bowls, and 10 of the last 11, have included a former Michigan player or coach as an assistant coach for at least one of the Super Bowl teams. Using the Fergodsakes Method of predicting Super Bowl Teams, the San Francisco 49ers (Head Coach is former UM quarterback Jim Harbaugh), New Orleans Saints (Tight Ends Coach is ex-UM Offensive Coordinator Terry Malone), or Green Bay Packers (Defensive Line Coach is former UM defensive lineman Mike Trgovac) will represent the NFC in this season’s Super Bowl. In this season’s playoffs, there are no AFC teams with a former Wolverine on the coaching staff.

The last four Super Bowls, and five of the last six, have had at least one former Wolverine earn a ring as an assistant coach. In Super Bowl history, there have been 28 coaching appearances in the Super Bowl by those with a University of Michigan football connection. Those 28 appearances have netted 15 championship rings for coaches with a Michigan background.

Going all the way back to the very first Super Bowl, here is a chronological listing of Michigan Men coaching in the Super Bowl:

2012 Season, Super Bowl 47

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Tight Ends Coach 2000-01; Offensive Line Coach 2002-2007): Offensive Line Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Teryl Austin: (DB Coach 1999-2002): In his third Super Bowl, Austin earned his first ring. He was Defensive Backs Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Head Coach of the losing San Francisco 49ers. It was Harbaugh’s second appearance as a coach in a Super Bowl, losing both times.

2011 Season, Super Bowl 46

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83):
Herrmann was Linebackers Coach and Ingram was Running Backs Coach for the Giants’ thrilling 21-17 win over New England.

2010 Season, Super Bowl 45

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Earned his first Super Bowl ring as Defensive Line Coach of the Green Bay Packers, who defeated Pittsburgh 31-25.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Has coached in three Super Bowls, being on the winning side once. He was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Steelers this season in their Super Bowl loss to the Packers.

2009 Season, Super Bowl 44

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Both coached with the Saints. Mallory was Assistant Special Teams Coach, and Malone was Tight Ends Coach as New Orleans defeated Indianapolis 31-17.

2008 Season, Super Bowl 43

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated Arizona 27-23.
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Was Defensive Backs Coach for Arizona in this Super Bowl

2007 Season, Super Bowl 42

Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83); and
Bill Sheridan ((OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04):
Both were coaches with the Super Bowl winning New York Giants – Ingram as Running Backs Coach, Sheridan as Linebackers Coach. The Giants defeated New England 17-14.

2006 Season, Super Bowl 41

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Coaching in his first Super Bowl as Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Chicago Bears, Goodwin saw Indianapolis defeat Chicago 29-17.

2005 Season, Super Bowl 40

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Coaching in his first Super Bowl, Austin and the Seattle Seahawks fell to Pittsburgh 21-10.

2003 Season, Super Bowl 38

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Trgovac was Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, who fell to New England 32-29.

2002 Season, Super Bowl 37

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Parrish was Quarterbacks Coach for the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated Oakland 48-21.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Harbaugh was offensive assistant coach with the Raiders in their Super Bowl loss.

1998 Season, Super Bowl 33

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson earned his second consecutive Super Bowl ring as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos, who defeated Atlanta 34-19.

1997 Season, Super Bowl 32

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson was Defensive Coordinator of the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos, who defeated Green Bay 31-24.

1976 Season, Super Bowl 11

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Better known as the former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach from 1986-91, the online Bentley Library records show that Burns was on the University of Michigan football team in 1947, 1948, and 1950, but never earned his varsity letter. Of course, the 1947 and 1948 teams each won a national title. According to this 1997 Michigan Today article, Burns was the “star quarterback” of the 150 pound and under team, which Michigan fielded for two seasons only, in 1947 and 1948.
Coaching in his sixth and final Super Bowl, Burns was Offensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl 11. The Vikings fell to the Oakland Raiders 32-14.

1974 Season, Super Bowl 9

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to Pittsburgh 16-6.

1973 Season, Super Bowl 8

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to the Miami Dolphins 24-7.

1972 Season, Super Bowl 7

George Allen (B.A. 1947; M.A. 1948). Inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Allen earned his degrees from the University of Michigan but never played football for the Wolverines (as written in this space last before last season’s Super Bowl). He was an assistant coach to Cliff Keen on the 1947 UM Lightweight Team, whose members weighed 150 pounds and less.
Allen was the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, losing 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins.

1969 Season, Super Bowl 4

Bob Hollway (offensive end, 1947-49); and
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950).
Both were on the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff – Hollway as a defensive assistant, Burns as Offensive Coordinator. Minnesota fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7.

1967 Season, Super Bowl 2

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, the Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-14, earning Burns his second consecutive Super Bowl ring.

1966 Season, Super Bowl 1

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, Burns and the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

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Wolverines As Coaches in Super Bowl; An All Time Review

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Fergodsakes.com takes a look at all former Michigan football players, coaches, and/or alums who have coached in a Super Bowl.

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For Michigan football coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Michigan Bloodlines as Head Coach in Super Bowl

George Allen (B.A. 1947; M.A. 1948). Inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Allen earned his degrees from the University of Michigan but never played football for the Wolverines (as written in this space last week). He was an assistant coach to Cliff Keen on the 1947 UM Lightweight Team, whose members weighed 150 pounds and less. Allen did coach the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl VII, which they lost 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins on January 14, 1973.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-87). Now San Francisco 49ers Head Coach. This will be Harbaugh’s second Super Bowl as a coach – he was an offensive assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, a game which Tampa Bay won 48-21.

National Championship with Michigan and Super Bowl Coach

Bob Hollway (offensive end, 1947-49). Hollway, who passed away in 1999, was a letterman for the National Championship Michigan squads in 1947 and 48. He went on to coach the defense for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, a game won by the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7. One of Hollway’s teammates at Michigan was Jerry Burns, who coached with Hollway on the Vikings for the Super Bowl IV loss.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): Now New York Giants Linebackers Coach. Herrmann won his Super Bowl ring as Linebackers Coach of the New York Giants in last year’s Super Bowl, a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots. Of course, he was Defensive Coordinator for Michigan’s National Title in 1997. He can also lay claim to the fact that he was a player on the team which earned Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl victory, Team 101 at the conclusion of the 1980 season.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): Now New Orleans Saints Tight Ends Coach. Malone was Tight Ends Coach for the Saints when they won Super Bowl XLIV, a 31-17 win over Indianapolis. He also won a National Title with Michigan as Offensive Line Coach for the 1997 team.

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Now Eastern Michigan University Offensive Coordinator. Parrish was Quarterbacks Coach for Super Bowl XXXVII Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs defeated Oakland (and offensive assistant coach Jim Harbaugh) 48-21. Parrish also won a National Championship as Quarterbacks Coach with Michigan in 1997.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Six Super Bowls

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Better known as the former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach from 1986-91, the online Bentley Library records show that Burns was on the University of Michigan football team in 1947, 1948, and 1950, but never earned his varsity letter. Of course, the 1947 and 1948 teams each won a national title. According to this 1997 Michigan Today article, Burns was the “star quarterback” of the 150 pound and under team, which Michigan fielded for two seasons only, in 1947 and 1948.

His coaching was better than his quarterbacking. Burns was on Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers staff for the first two Super Bowls, and later was an assistant to Bud Grant for all four of the Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl appearances. In total, his teams were 2-4 in the Super Bowl, having won the first two with Green Bay, and losing all four with Minnesota.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Three Super Bowls

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Baltimore Ravens Secondary Coach. This will be Austin’s third Super Bowl – he is 0-2 in his first two. He was Defensive Backs Coach for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL and the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in both games.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator. He is the brother of 49ers starting offensive lineman (and former Michigan player) Jonathan Goodwin. Harold Goodwin is 1-2 as a coach in the Super Bowl. He was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach with the Steelers when they won Super Bowl XLIII (defeating Austin and the Arizona Cardinals); and when they lost Super Bowl XLV (to Green Bay and its DL Coach, former Wolverine Mike Trgovac). In addition, Goodwin held the same position for the 2006 Chicago Bears when they reached the Super Bowl, losing XLI to Indianapolis 29-17.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Two Super Bowls

Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Now New York Giants Running Backs Coach. Ingram has two Super Bowl championship rings as a member of the Giants coaching staff, both times defeating the New England Patriots. New York won Super Bowl XLII 17-14; and last year’s XLVI 21-17.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson won two Super Bowl championships rings as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos defeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII 31-24, and the following season defeated Atlanta 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. Trgovac has one Super Bowl ring as a coach, as a Defensive Line Coach with Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV when the Packers defeated Pittsburgh (and its Assistant OL Coach, former Wolverine Harold Goodwin) 31-25. Trgovac was on the losing end as Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XLV, falling to New England 32-29.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in One Super Bowl

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Now Jacksonville Jaguars Special Teams Coach. Was on the Saints coaching staff as Assistant Special Teams Coach for New Orleans’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over Indianapolis 31-17.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Tight Ends Coach 2000-01; Offensive Line Coach 2002-2007): Now Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line Coach. This will be Moeller’s first Super Bowl as a coach.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Sheridan won a Super Bowl ring as Linebackers Coach of the New York Giants for New York’s Super Bowl XLII 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots.

Sources:
CompleteSuperBowl.com
Bentley Historical Library
NFL.com

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Jim Harbaugh and George Allen

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As you know, Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan football player to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Furthermore, there is no former Michigan coach who has been Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. But there is an interesting twist which could lead you to win a bar bet or two.

George Allen was Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the team which lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-7, capping the Dolphins’ perfect season. Bob Griese, father of Brian, was of course the quarterback for that Dolphins team. (Former Wolverine Tight End Jim Mandich, starter on the 1969 UM team, was Griese’s tight end for Miami).

A member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, George Allen actually spent some time coaching football at Michigan. While earning his Masters Degree from UM, Allen was assistant coach to Cliff Keen for the University of Michigan Lightweights Football team, a squad comprised of players 150 pounds and lighter. According to this article published in 1997 in Michigan Today, there was a lightweights league including UM, OSU, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Michigan had a lightweights team only in 1947 and 1948 before the league disbanded.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website has a section “colleges” in which the Hall of Famers are listed by college attended. Allen is listed under four different schools – Alma College, Eastern Michigan, Marquette, and the University of Michigan. This press release in 1981 from the office of President Ronald Reagan appointing Allen as Chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports states that Allen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1947 and an M.A. in 1948. Allen did not play football at Michigan.

So it is correct to say that Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan player or coach to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Harbaugh is not, however, the first Michigan degree holder to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team – that distinction goes to George Allen. As for the rest of the story, Allen was a coach for a University of Michigan football team… it just wasn’t the team that we’ve followed all these years.

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