N.C. State's Super Bowl connection

Feb. 03, 2013 @ 11:50 AM

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried has a vested interest in the Harbowl.

Gottfried is Jim and John Harbaugh's second cousin. Their grandmothers were sisters.

Gottfried's oldest son, Brandon, also played football under Jim at Stanford for a season and Jim and John's father, Jack, is the Wolfpack coach's godfather.

And there's a basketball connection to the Harbaughs. Jim and John's sister, Joani, is married to Indiana coach Tom Crean.

In 2006, Gottfried led his Alabama team against Crean's Marquette squad in a first-round NCAA tourney game in San Diego, where - wait for it - Jim Harbaugh was the head coach of the San Diego Toreros, an FCS level program. A year later, Harbaugh moved on to Stanford. Gottfried and the Crimson Tide came out victorious in the game.