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Jim Harbaugh is one of 12 people to play and coach in the Rose Bowl

Michigan’s head coach will join an exclusive fraternity on Jan. 1.

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In six days, Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh will become only the 12th person ever to play AND serve as a head coach in the Rose Bowl.

Harbaugh joins an exclusive group that includes national champions and hall-of-famers. Of the 12, Harbaugh is just the fifth to return after losing as a player and will look to join the likes of Bob Stoops and John Robinson who, as coaches, won in their first trip to Pasadena as head coaches.

Harbaugh is the third player/coach with Michigan ties to reach the Rose Bowl, and only the second to make both trips as a member of the Wolverines. Pete Elliot reached the granddaddy of them all as a Michigan player and eventually led California and Illinois there as a head coach. Pete’s brother, Bump Elliott, reached the Rose Bowl as both a player and coach for the Wolverines.

Below is a list of every person who has reached the Rose Bowl as both a player and head coach.

Jim Harbaugh (Michigan)

As a player: 0-1; Lost to Arizona State, 22-15, in 1987

As a coach: TBD

Bret Bielema (Iowa, Wisconsin)

As a player: 0-1; Lost to Washington, 46-34, in 1991

As a coach: 0-2*; Lost to TCU, 21-19, in 2011 – Lost to Oregon, 45-38, in 2012 (Wisconsin qualified for a third Rose Bowl under Bielema in 2013, but he left before the game to take the head coaching position at Arkansas)

Rick Neuheisel (UCLA, Washington)

As a player: 2-0; Defeated Michigan, 24-14, in 1983 – Defeated Illinois, 45-9, in 1984

As a coach: 1-0; Defeated Purdue, 34-24 in 2001

Bob Stoops (Iowa, Oklahoma)

As a player: 0-1; Lost to Washington, 28-0, in 1982

As a coach: 1-0; Defeated Washington State, 34-14, in 2003

Terry Donahue (UCLA)

As a player: 1-0; Defeated Michigan State, 14-12, in 1966

As a coach: 3-1; Defeated Michigan, 24-14, in 1983 – Defeated Illinois, 45-9, in 1984 – Defeated Iowa, 45-28, in 1986 – Lost to Wisconsin 21-16, in 1994

John Robinson (Oregon, USC)

As a player: 0-1; Lost to Ohio State, 10-7, in 1958

As a coach: 4-0; Defeated Michigan, 14-6, in 1977 – Defeated Michigan 17-9, in 1979 – Defeated Ohio State, 17-16, in 1980 – Defeated Northwestern 41-32, in 1996

Pete Elliott (Michigan, California, Illinois)

As a player: 1-0; Defeated USC, 49-0, in 1948 (Michigan)

As a coach: 1-1; Lost to Iowa, 38-12, in 1959 (California) – Defeated Washington, 17-7, in 1964 (Illinois)

Bump Elliott (Michigan)

As a player: 1-0; Defeated USC, 49-0, in 1948

As a coach: 1-0; Defeated Oregon State, 34-7, in 1965

Tommy Prothro (Duke, Oregon State, UCLA)

As a player: 0-1; Lost to Oregon State, 20-16, in 1942 (Duke)

As a coach: 1-2; Lost to Iowa, 35-19, in 1957 (Oregon State) – Lost to Michigan 34-7, in 1965 (Oregon State) – Defeated Michigan State, 14-12, in 1966 (UCLA)

Chuck Taylor (Stanford)

As a player: 1-0; Defeated Nebraska, 21-13, in 1941

As a coach: 0-1; Lost to Illinois, 40-7, in 1952

Jess Hill (USC)

As a player: 1-0; Defeated Pittsburgh, 47-14, in 1930

As a coach: 1-1; Defeated Wisconsin, 7-0, in 1953 – Lost to Ohio State, 20-7, in 1955

Charles ‘Shy’ Huntington (Oregon)

As a player: 1-0; Defeated Penn, 14-0, in 1917

As a coach: 0-1; Lost to Harvard, 7-6, in 1919