Jim Harbaugh mania is sweeping the Midwest.
The 49ers coach is currently on the road to evaluate college prospects. But there’s more to Harbaugh’s road trip. He’s also spending time with his in-laws in Kansas.
After checking out his brother-in-law’s Blue Springs South High School basketball team beat rival Blue Springs High School, Harbaugh took his father-in-law to Allen Fieldhouse to watch the Kansas Jayhawks clinch a 10th consecutive Big-12 conference title.
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“Great opportunity to cross this off the bucket list, to be here at Allen Fieldhouse,” Harbaugh said in a pre-game interview with Kansas City’s Time Warner Sports Channel. “I’ve heard great things about Allen Fieldhouse. Everyone talks about it being the number one college basketball sports venue, so I’m ready to see it. I’m really fired up. I’m really excited.”
Harbaugh had other reasons to be enthused.
In addition to spending time with his family, including celebrating his father-in-law’s 77th birthday at the Fieldhouse, Harbaugh spoke to the Jayhawks basketball team. He even shot hoops with the Associated Press' eighth-ranked college basketball team.
“Oh, you heard about that? Humility prevents me from really going into it,” the 49ers coach said of his highlight moment. “But I’m glad you heard about it. Is there video tape of it?”
When Harbaugh was informed that the video indeed went viral, he beamed in delight and said, “This is shaping up to be one of the best days of my life.”
The shot was a proud moment, but the football coach truly took pleasure from being able to speak to a well-known basketball team.
“It was a great honor and privilege to speak to any team but especially to this team,” Harbaugh said. “Coach (Bill) Self, I have tremendous respect for him, great coach, fine person. I just hope I didn’t screw them up. I hope I didn’t overdo it. “
Harbaugh provided a proper pep-talk. Kansas beat Texas Tech 82-57.
Harbaugh probably won't be asked Kansas-related questions again until the Kansas City Chiefs visit Levi’s® Stadium in 2014.
“That’ll be a tough one for us,” Harbaugh said.