The University of Michigan announced Wednesday head coach Jim Harbaugh was named a semifinalist for the George Munger Head Coach of the Year Award.
According to the official press release, Harbaugh has led U-M to 10-win seasons in three out of his first four years. Only one other U-M coach has ever done that — Fielding H. Yost.
Harbaugh is also the lone coach in the Big Ten on the semifinalist list. It’s a bit of a shock to me to not see Urban Meyer on this list; his team is 10-1, the same record as Michigan’s, and is a nationally-recognized head coach. A bit of a head-scratcher to see him absent from the list, in my opinion.
But there is no doubt Harbaugh should be here. After leading Michigan to an 8-5 2017 campaign, Harbaugh has completely turned it around for the program in 2018. With new assistant coaches like Jim McElwain and Ed Warinner greatly improving the offense, and Don Brown doing his thing on defense, there’s no wonder the Wolverines are back in the College Football Playoff discussion this year. And that all begins and ends with Harbaugh.
The finalists for the award will be announced Dec. 10 and the winner will be announced Dec. 28.
Here is the full list of semifinalists: