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Johns Hopkins' Jim Margraff hasn't thought about tying state record for wins by a coach

Johns Hopkins head football coach Jim Margraff.
Johns Hopkins head football coach Jim Margraff. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

Johns Hopkins' 42-7 thrashing of Centennial Conference foe Dickinson last Friday has moved coach Jim Margraff one win from tying Morgan State's Edward P. Hurt for the most wins by a college football coach in Maryland.

Margraff could achieve that accomplishment if the No. 9 Blue Jays (6-0 overall and 5-0 in the league) defeat Gettysburg (3-3, 3-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Homewood Field in Baltimore.

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"There's not much of a thought on that," said Margraff, who has compiled a 173-82-3 record in 25 years. "I've been here a long time, and it's a nice thing, but this is a week-to-week business, and all I care about is this win and if we can get by that, the next one. We haven't talked about it. There's no focus on that."

Margraff did acknowledge the honor of being mentioned in the same sentence as Hurt, whose Bears teams went 174-51-17. When the American Football Coaches Association selected Hurt as the 2011 winner of the organization's Trailblazer Award, Margraff researched Hurt and learned that his squads captured 14 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles and enjoyed a 54-game winning streak from 1931 to 1938.

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"He was an amazing coach," Margraff said of Hurt. "He has 30 fewer losses than I have right now, and I think his record as a track coach is even better. So it's a little bit humbling. If it brings up Eddie Hurt's name, then it's a nice thing, but other than that, it's not something I'm really interested in."

Margraff, who said he might reflect on the achievement during the offseason, conceded that he didn't really envision reaching this stage of his career when he was hired in 1990.

"That's not what you set out to do," he said. "I think when I first got here, I thought I would be here for either three years or 30. I guess I'm closer to the second one."

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