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Michigan Wolverines Football: Defensive Coordinator Don Brown Dismissed

TheWolverine.com can confirm that Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has been relieved of his duties, and his dismissal is just one piece in what is shaping up to be significant staff changes for the Maize and Blue.

Brown had twice been a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nation's top assistant in college football since coming to Ann Arbor. He was also nominated for the award three times (2013-15) for his work in helping to turn the Boston College program around, and earned American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year (FBS) his final season there.

Michigan was in the top 12 in total defense in each of Brown's first four seasons in Ann Arbor, with three seasons in the top-three. U-M has led the nation or ranked second in passing defense on two occasions and has twice posted an NCAA-leading third down conversion percentage allowed under his watch.

From 2016-18, U-M became the first program since 2001-03 to allow fewer than 2,000 yards passing in three straight seasons.

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Michigan Wolverines football coach Don Brown has been relieved of his duties.
Michigan Wolverines football coach Don Brown has been relieved of his duties. ()

Brown's defenses have struggled over the last couple of years, and for the last two against Ohio State. The Wolverines gave up 63 and 56 points, respectively, in 2018 and 2019 and were rolled by Wisconsin the last two seasons, as well. They were still 10th in yards per play allowed last year, but dropped to 56th this season.

Watch for more on this development in the hours to come.

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