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Harbaugh is named the nation's top college football coach


Stanford's Jim Harbaugh knows what he's doing as a football coach; at least at the college level.

The Palo Alto High, University of Michigan and NFL grad was named Woody Hayes Award winner for top national football coach it was announced Wednesday.

Harbaugh earns the honor the same year his high school coach, Earl Hansen, led the Vikings to an undefeated record (13-0) and the Central Coast Section Open Division title.

Fittingly, Harbaugh won an award named after the former coach of his fiercest conference rival in the Big 10. It means he can conquer anything.

Four years after leading San Diego to the second of its two Division I-AA Mid Major national title, Harbaugh, 28-21 on The Farm, has Stanford near the top following an 11-1 season that set a school record for victories.

Harbaugh will lead the fifth-ranked Cardinal into the Orange Bowl against 12th-ranked Virginia Tech on Monday, Jan. 3.

The award will be presented during the 56th annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Sports Awards on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus.

In other football news, Chase Beeler is one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which honors the top center in college football.

Joining Beeler among the finalists are Arizona's Colin Baxter, Ohio State's Mike Brewster, TCU's Jake Kirkpatrick, Michigan's David Molk and Auburn's Ryan Pugh.

The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected through the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All-America teams, including the American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America squads.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

congrats Coach! I must admit I was only able to attend one game at Stanford this year but followed team both on TV and in the news. Exciting stuff but even more rewarding is watching how composed you've been over the past several years, as your rebuilt the team, the culture, and the results. Great job from just a local yocal.

Kudos to Peters for well-written story as well.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:05 am

STRANGE!! Not ONE of the San Francisco TV stations or San Jose tonight, Wednesday, mentioned anything about this. Not channels 4,5,7, and 11. I missed
Channel 2 earlier. Congratulations, Coach. We want you to Stay here. California weather beats Michigan. Have you checked Ann Arbor lately? Easier here for your kids to get to school, and there are terrific schools around here. No snow shoes. No 'snow days'. no tornadoes (well, we had two in about sixty years.) And golf all year round. As for game attendance, reach out once again to the area families, employees, retirees, Facebookers, Googlers, and all the rest - area employees who actually live around here. Going to the games with children used to be a big thing years ago....until the ticket prices got out of hand. AND PULEEZE, no 8:00p.m. games.

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Posted by Paly Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:53 am

"just a local yocal"? It's not that much of an eyebrow-raiser; we are not a rural farming community. Many Paly graduates are successful. And Harbaugh probably will not stay just to appease Palo Altans. He has a career and he's not finished yet. Jim won "Most Athletic" of our Class of '82. He played baseball and basketball too. Amazing that with all his exposure to sun, he looks great for his age. Jim, please attend our reunion. Missed you in 2002.

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Posted by therobb777
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 9, 2010 at 8:15 am



SCHEMBECKLER HALL AWAITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

Wishful thinking therobb777, but don't expect Harbaugh to make a lateral move like that. If Harbaugh isn't with Stanford next season, he'll be coaching in the NFL -- quite possibly with our very own San Francisco 49ers.

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Posted by therobb777
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 9, 2010 at 9:42 am

Bruce, thats a Great point!!!!!!!!! I Actually can see that happening but I Would Not call moving from Stanford to Michigan a "lateral move" my friend!!

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Posted by Wooferines
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

you are correct therobb777--stanford to michigan would not be a lateral move--it would be a downward move. Michigan is overrated--one "championship" in the last 62 years, 2-5 in last 7 bowl games. The Big 10 is overrated as well and as for Bo Schembechler--no national championships--overrated coach. Loser program, loser conference.

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Posted by Jon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

So why wouldn't he go to NFL and get some real money ...?

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Posted by Golden Boy
a resident of another community
on Dec 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Congrats to Jim!

As a ND fan, would hate to see him head to Michigan. That said, great coach that will prob. end up in the NFL (fingers crossed). Many say he is better than his bro coaching the Ravens... If that is true, cheers to the start of a great coaching career!

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