Michigan football fires defensive coordinator Don Brown after five seasons
Football in Michigan continues from Don Brown.
The Wolverines have fired their defensive coordinator after five seasons at Ann Arbor.
"He definitely wants to train more," said Brown agent Gary O'Hagan. "I think there will be some teams that are interested in him."
Bruce Feldman from Athletic reported first.
[Michigan fans debate whether Don Brown was rightfully fired or a "scapegoat"]
The Wolverines finished 2-4 that season, and defense was a major contributor to the loss record: UM allowed 34.5 points and 434 yards per game, an important step back for a unit that topped the NCAA's overall defense 12 landed Brown's last four seasons.
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Michigan Defense Coordinator Don Brown, left, and Trainer Jim Harbaugh, right, during the first half of the Citrus Bowl, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Brown was hired from Boston College after the 2015 season and made an immediate impact. Michigan's 2016 defense was historically elite, allowing only 14.1 points (No. 2 nationally) and 261.8 yards per game (tied for the fewest in the nation). The 2017 defense was similarly elitist, allowing for the third smallest yards per game in the nation and only 18.8 points in the game.
But as stingy as Michigan's defense was during its early years at Ann Arbor under Brown, it will likely be remembered for its battles against the state of Ohio over the past two seasons. The Wolverines traveled to Columbus in 2018 with the nation's best defense at the time and legitimate playoff hopes - and promptly allowed 62 points and 567 yards. And in 2019 Michigan gave up 56 points and 577 yards in another blowout loss to the Buckeyes.
Brown was the eighth highest paid assistant coach, according to a database compiled by USA Today Sports, earning $ 1.7 million ($ 1.1 million base salary and $ 600,000 from a retention bonus earned on April 1). He was the Big Ten's highest-paid assistant coach.
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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: The Michigan Football Coordinator Don Brown
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