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Jim Harbaugh cracks preseason coach of the year watch list

Jim Harbaugh for coach of the year?

The Michigan football coach was one of 20 included in the Dodd Trophy preseason watch list released Wednesday, the annual award for the nation's top coach.

Harbaugh is one of four Big Ten coaches listed, joining Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Penn State's James Franklin and Wisconsin's Paul Chryst.

According to the release, the watch list was created through a selection process that factored in a program's graduation rate, commitment to service and charity in the community, Academic Progress Rate (APR) and projected success for the 2018 season.

Most preseason prognosticators consider Michigan a fringe top-10 team this fall, and have the Wolverines finishing second in the Big Ten East, behind Ohio State.