Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is AP coach of the year, Fickell 2nd

Harbaugh is the first Michigan coach to win the AP Coach of the Year Award presented by Regions Bank, and the first from the Big Ten since Penn State’s Joe Paterno in 2005.

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It’s a tremendous reflection on the entire staff, 玩家,” Harbaugh told AP. “Everybody shares in it. A rising tide lifts all ships.

He received 22 的 53 第一名选票和 103 points from a panel of AP Top 25 voters to finish ahead of Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, who had 16 第一名选票和 88 点数.

Baylor’s Dave Aranda was third and Michigan State’s Mel Tucker was fourth.

Harbaugh came into his seventh season as coach of his alma mater on a hot seat after going 2-4 in the Big Ten’s abbreviated schedule in 2020. After his first losing season with Michigan, Harbaugh took a pay cut and had his buyout reduced, putting the school in better position to make a coaching change if this season didn’t go well.

Harbaugh also made staff changes on the defensive side of the ball in the offseason.

Everything came together for the Wolverines this season as they beat Ohio State to snap an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry and reached the Big Ten title game of the first time, where they routed Iowa.

没有. 2 密西根州 (12-1) faces No. 3 佐治亚州 (12-1) in its first College Football Playoff appearance on Dec. 31 at the Orange Bowl.

I love this team. I love this ’21 team,” 哈博说. “They’ve got a bounce in their step every day. They’ve got a smile on their face. They’ve worked incredibly hard.

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AP Player of the Year

吉姆·哈博, Michigan — 103 点数 (22 first-place votes).

Luke Fickell, Cincinnati — 88 (16).

Dave Aranda, Baylor —47 (5).

Mel Tucker, Michigan State — 22 (4).

Kirby Smart, Georgia — 13 (1).

Blake Anderson, Utah State — 11 (3).

Nick Saban, Alabama — 9 (1).

Dave Clawson, Wake Forest — 6 (1).

Jeff Traylor, UTSA — 6.

Pat Narduzzi, Pitt — 4.

Kyle Whittingham, Utah — 4.

Sam Pittman, Arkansas — 2.

Mike Houston, East Carolina — 1.

Billy Napier, Louisiana — 1.

Kalani Sitake, BYU — 1.

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