Michigan football is moving on from Don Brown.
The Wolverines have fired their defensive coordinator, according to a report from The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.
Brown recently wrapped up his fifth season as Michigan’s defensive coordinator.
The Wolverines finished 2-4 this season, and the defense was a big reason behind the losing record: U-M allowed 34.5 points and 434 yards per game, a major step back for a unit that finished in the NCAA’s top-12 in total defense during Brown’s previous four seasons.
Brown was hired from Boston College after the 2015 season and immediately made an impact. Michigan’s 2016 defense was historically elite, allowing just 14.1 points (No. 2 nationally) and 261.8 yards per game (tied for fewest in the nation). The 2017 defense was similarly elite, allowing the third-fewest yards per game in the nation and just 18.8 points in the game.
But as stingy as Michigan’s defense was under Brown during his first few years in Ann Arbor, it will likely be remembered for its struggles against Ohio State in the past two seasons. The Wolverines traveled to Columbus in 2018 with the nation’s top-ranked 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.
According to a database compiled by USA Today Sports, Brown was the eighth-highest paid assistant coach, earning $1.7 million ($1.1 million in base salary and $600,000 from a retention bonus that was earned April 1). He was the highest-paid assistant coach in the Big Ten.
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