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.