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Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to finally winning that elusive Big Ten title after 2020 disaster

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The Michigan Wolverines hired Jim Harbaugh to get them back to national relevance after the disappointing tenures of Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke. While Harbaugh has endured plenty of criticism, especially after a disaster of a shortened 2020 season, he was all smiles on Saturday night after his Wolverines destroyed the Iowa Hawkeyes 42-3 in the Big Ten Championship Game.

The win gave Harbaugh his first Big Ten title at Michigan, and it was the school’s first since 2004. The Wolverines also locked up a spot in the College Football Playoff with the dominant win.

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After the game, Harbaugh reflected on finally becoming a Big Ten champion, per ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren:

“To walk past the sign we all walk by — ‘Those who stay will be champions’ — to make that valid and that true,” Harbaugh said. “For guys to live on, really, in Schembechler Hall forever. I mean, [Aidan Hutchinson’s] picture is going to be up there on the All-American wall. Every guy on the team in the team picture is going to be up there as part of the Big Ten champion.

“We’ve got a banner in Glick Field House that’s going to say Big Ten champion.”

The Wolverines crushed the Hawkeyes all night long, and Harbaugh left no doubt by running up the score in the fourth quarter to earn the 39-point victory. Michigan certainly made a statement to the College Football Playoff committee, with hopes of getting the No. 1 seed. While many are assuming Alabama will get that top seed after the destruction of Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, the Wolverines have made a strong case with their 12-1 record and recent huge wins over Ohio State (Harbaugh’s first) and Iowa.

This has to feel extra sweet for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.