Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh says 'in your face' to doubters after AP Coach of Year honor for Jim Harbaugh
On Friday, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was named the 2021 Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.
After agreeing to a restructured contract last offseason, Harbaugh has completely flipped the narrative on his Michigan tenure and guided the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff. They beat Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and won a Big Ten championship with a 42-3 drubbing of Iowa in the title game. On Dec. 31, the Wolverines will play No. 2 Georgia for the right to play for a national championship.
Big year for Harbaugh fans. And there’s no bigger Harbaugh fan than his brother, John. “I’m just really happy for him,” the Baltimore Ravens head coach said Friday. But he didn’t stop there.
"To be the coach of the year in college football is a pretty remarkable accomplishment."
Coach Harbaugh on his brother Jim being named AP college football Coach of the Year: pic.twitter.com/HCdoIcPcvD
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 10, 2021
“To be the coach of the year in college football is a pretty remarkable accomplishment, and to do it the way they did it this year, after being written off by so many, is very… I don’t know, it’s a good feeling,” John continued. “I’m just proud of him, happy for him. Happy for all of them.
“He’s always been a great coach, and all those that want to pile on, especially some of the local media there, there ya have it. Back in your face. That’s how I look at it. He’d never say that but I’ll say it.”
Jim Harbaugh earned 22 of the 58 first-place votes for the award. Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell finished second with 16 first-place votes. Baylor’s Dave Aranda and Michigan State’s Mel Tucker–who was named the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year—finished third and fourth, respectively.