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Harbaugh on verge of having 'favorite year' in football

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Orlando, Fla. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is not one to make comparisons but if — and he stressed if — the Wolverines win the Citrus Bowl against Florida on Friday, this will be his "favorite" year in football.

Harbaugh, in his first season coaching his alma mater, has the Wolverines on the cusp of a 10-win season.

"It's been a heck of a good year, it has potentially the chance to be ... Personally I would look at this as the best year I've had in football if we win this game," Harbaugh said Thursday in the final news conference before the Citrus Bowl. "If we win the game I would look at it as my favorite year in football, personally."

He listed a number of reasons why, mentioning his staff but focused on the players.

"I enjoyed coaching this group of guys — a bunch of great guys who have worked extremely hard, play as a team. They want to be good. They've been a joy to coach."

He said since being formally introduced as head coach on Dec. 30, 2014, every day has been about getting better.

"It has been a joy," he said. "Get the 10th win, be Citrus Bowl champions, that would make it the best year I've had in football, in my opinion."

Jim Harbaugh led the Wolverines to a 9-3 record and a New Year's Day bowl game in his first season.