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    Jim Harbaugh missing from college football coaches ranking

    On Friday, ESPN ranked college football’s top 101 head coaches of the past 50 years.

    Plenty coaches with ties to the state of Michigan were present, with Nick Saban ranked No. 1, but one key name was missing: Michigan football’s Jim Harbaugh. 

    The man hired to bring glory back to Ann Arbor was nowhere to be found on the list — just like searching his resume for a victory against Ohio State. Harbaugh’s exclusion may not be surprising if you only considered his subpar years at Michigan. But he did have success previously, turning around dreadful Stanford (29-21, including 12-1 in final season with an Orange Bowl win and a Woody Hayes Coach of the Year Award) and San Diego (29-6 record, two Pioneer League titles).

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    Jim Harbaugh in 2018 during yet another loss to Ohio State.

    Now, a look at familiar names who made the list, based solely on on-field accomplishments, and compiled by ESPN’s Bill Connelly:

    98. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan (2008-10)

    Won 70% of his games at West Virginia, but as an “outsider” — ahem, not a “Michigan Man” — he was never given a fair shot at Michigan, where he went 15-22 (3-9, 5-7, 7-6) in three years. The program was charged with multiple “major rules violations” by the NCAA during his tenure.

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