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Jim Harbaugh can take one step closer to cementing his legacy in 2023

Jim Harbaugh could add even more prestige to his resume as Michigan’s head coach.



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Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh warms up before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program set a school record with 13 wins in a single season. With this incredible year, the Wolverines’ head coach moved into 4th place in all-time wins as the coach of the Maize and Blue. This year, Harbaugh may take yet another step closer to cementing his legacy as one of the greatest Wolverine head coaches in school history.

Jim Harbaugh could take one step closer to cementing his legacy during the 2023 season

Michigan football has won 25 games over the past two seasons. With these impressive seasons, Jim Harbaugh has come closer to surpassing Lloyd Carr as one of the most prestigious coaches in program history.

Currently, Jim Harbaugh holds a 74-25 overall record with a pair of Big Ten titles, seven bowl game appearances, and a .747 winning percentage with the Maize and Blue. Last year, Harbaugh surpassed Fritz Crisler in both wins and conference titles, and now he sets his sights on surpassing Lloyd Carr.

Harbaugh looking to jump Carr all-time

If Jim Harbaugh wants to continue climbing the ladder in Ann Arbor, he still has a long way to go. Lloyd Carr, who coached the Wolverines for 13 seasons and retired in 2007, left the program with a 122-40 overall record, five Big Ten titles, a national title in 1997, and a .753 winning percentage. Above Carr are Bo Schembechler (194-48-5) and Fielding Yost (165-29-10), both of whom seem quite distant for Harbaugh at the moment.

This fall, Jim Harbaugh has a chance to add another 15 wins, which would bring his total up to 89, and potentially secure a third Big Ten title and a national title. Although these numbers may not be sufficient to surpass Carr on Michigan’s all-time leaderboard just yet, they represent another step towards claiming the 3rd place spot in the record books for the Wolverines.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.