"Miami is a very special place, and as anyone who played or coached at Miami knows, that the Cradle of Coaches is a great honor," Harbaugh said in the statement released by the school. "To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching. To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about. I am most grateful to Miami, which is to say the coaches, teammates and professors that made a positive impact on an impressionable young guy. Coach [Tom] Reed gave me an opportunity and taught me important lessons about becoming a man. Coach [Jay] Fry pushed and supported us. There are great teachers and many friends that I cherish to this day. Miami is the people who have made the difference in so many lives. Whole-hearted thanks to the current administration and board for such a wonderful gesture. I will be forever grateful to Miami."