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Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh finalist for Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts with his players on the sideline during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ANN ARBOR – Michigan football’s head coach Jim Harbaugh is up for another coaching award.

Harbaugh was announced this week as a finalist for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award by officials with the award’s foundation and Peach Bowl, Inc.

Presented by PNC, the 2021 Dodd Trophy recognizes coaches who reflect the award’s three pillars of leadership, scholarship and integrity on and off the field.

This is the first time Harbaugh has been named a finalist for the Dodd Trophy.

Read: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is AP coach of the year, Fickell 2nd

Other finalists for the 2021 award include:

  • Dave Clawson, Wake Forest University
  • Dave Aranda, Baylor University
  • Luke Fickell, University of Cincinnati
  • Pat Narduzzi, University of Pittsburgh

A panel made up of a Dodd family member, members of the national media, previous winners and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame select the finalists each year.

Harbaugh has had an impressive season, leading the Wolverines to their first-ever College Football Playoff appearance after defeating No. 12 Iowa 42-3 to win the 2021 Big Ten Championship on Dec. 4. Michigan’s 12-1 record for the 2021 season includes a long-awaited victory over archrival Ohio State, which the team hadn’t pulled off for a decade.

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No. 2 Michigan will be facing off against the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs on Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Twenty-two Michigan players have won all-conference awards this year, including two first-team All Americans. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson has won the Ted Hendricks Award, Lott IMPACt Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award, teh Chicago Tribune Silver Football and was a runner-up for this year’s Heisman Trophy.

Kicker Jake Moody won the Lou Groza Award -- the first time a Michigan Wolverine has been honored with the award.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.