- Fielding Yost, 11-0 (1901)
- Bennnie Oosterbaan, 9-0 (1948)
- William McCauley, 9-1 (1894)
- William Ward, 9-1 (1896)
- Gustave Ferbert, 6-1 (1897)
- Fritz Crisler, 6-1 (1938)
- Brady Hoke, 11-2 (2012)
- Langdon Lea, 7-2 (1900)
- Jim Harbaugh, 10-3 (2015)
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
HARBAUGH FIRST-SEASON RECORD RANKS ONLY NINTH-BEST IN UM HISTORY BOOKS
Jerry Harbaugh set Wolverines hearts aflutter with his "surprising" first season, right? But how good was it, really? We've asserted that the 2014 Michigan football team was more of a 7-5 team than a 5-7 team, dropping at least two winnable games due to poor coaching. So we predicted that Harbought would probably win 8-9 games in the 2015 regular season. When he won nine games (two by virtual "forfeit" due to abysmal coaching) we were NOT surprised. It sounded about right to us.
But the sports media has coronated Jake Harbo for his wondrous accomplishment of a third-place Division finish along with losses to each of his major rivals on his home field. Bully for Jaylen!
We still weren't convinced, so we looked into the record book and learned that the first season of Harshbutt barely made the Top Ten list of UM Football Coaches. There have been at least eight other coaches that did better than Hardbottom in their debut season in Ann Arbor:
Granted, seven of the eight coaches who did better than Jamaal Harlow did so before Alaska was admitted to the United States, but hey, we're talking UM here, so we're allowed to count up things that allegedly happened back to the Stone Age.
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