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ESPN ranks Jim Harbaugh as the top NFL coaching candidate heading into the 2018 season. Harbaugh has repeatedly denied that he'll leave Michigan.

Michigan’s Chase Winovich will return for 2018; Jim Harbaugh ranked top NFL coaching candidate

Tolly Taylor

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Chase Winovich will return for 2018

Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich said Wednesday that he’ll return for his fifth season with the Wolverines. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end had a breakout year for Michigan in the 2017 season, recording 77 tackles and 8 sacks for the Wolverines’ No. 3-ranked defense.

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Jim Harbaugh ranked top NFL coaching candidate by ESPN

ESPN released its list of top NFL coaching candidates Wednesday, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was No. 1. ESPN asked 45 analysts to rank which current non-NFL head coaches they would try to hire if they were a general manager with a head coaching vacancy.

Wolverines never found offensive identity

Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press argues that the Wolverines never found an identity on offense, and that’s a problem that leads right back to Harbaugh.

Top-ranked LB mentions three Big Ten schools among top contenders

Shane Lee, the blue-chip linebacker from Baltimore, mentioned Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State while updating his recruitment Wednesday during a Future 50 event at Under Armour All-America festivities. Lee is the No. 1 inside linebacker recruit in the 247Sports’ 2019 composite rankings.

Michigan’s bench vital to team’s success

The Wolverines got their first win in Iowa City since Feb. 19, 2011, on Tuesday night, and their bench was a big reason. Xavier Simpson and Isaiah Livers led a productive bench effort that delivered 37 points and outscored Iowa in that department by 20.

John Beilein becomes second Michigan coach to reach 100 Big Ten wins

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