Miami of Ohio is adding another name (and statue) to their elite "Cradle of Coaches".
The historic group, which already contains the likes of Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Randy Walker, Jim Tressel, Sean Payton and the late Paul Dietzel is adding Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
Harbaugh (one of only three coaches within the Cradle to have a Super Bowl title to his name) believes that being mentioned alongside the legendary members already honored in the Cradle of Coaches is the highest honor that a coach can receive.
“To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching. To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about.” he explained, and I tend to agree.
Requirements to be included in the Cradle of Coaches include being named Coach of the Year in the NFL or collegiate level, winning the National Title at the collegiate level or a Super Bowl, or being introduced into the College or Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The bronze statue will immortalize Harbaugh at over seven and a half feet tall and will be unveiled April 18th, 2014. Harbaugh's image will also be added to the Cradle of Coaches Mural, which hangs over the scoreboard at Yager Stadium. The clay model of the statue can be seen below, as well as the artist (Kristen Visbal) who has been tabbed to create it.
(H/T to the Cape Gazette for the story and picture)