According to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated, the Michigan Wolverines have found a new defensive coordinator, and according to his source, it’s Don Brown of Boston College.
Boston College DC Don Brown will be Michigan's new DC per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) December 20, 2015
While under control of D.J. Durkin, who left to take the Maryland head-coaching job after one year with coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan finished the season with the No. 4-ranked total defense (No. 3 vs. the pass). During the middle of the year, there were times when the Wolverines had the No. 1-ranked overall defense.
They jockeyed for position with the Brown-coached Eagles, who finished 2015 with the nation’s No. 1-ranked total defense. Better than Alabama. Better than Wisconsin. Better than Michigan. This past season, the Eagles gave up just 19 touchdowns. Fifteen of them were scored by opposing offenses.
Michigan had previous interest in former Georgia DC Jeremy Pruitt; however, Pruitt opted for the vacant role at Alabama. Reports also linked Stanford’s Lance Anderson the the open position in Ann Arbor. He refuted those reports.
Greg Mattison, who laid the foundation for Michigan’s now-dominant defense, will assume his former role as DC for the upcoming duel with Florida in the Citrus Bowl. With Brown as the coordinator and Mattison teaching the line, not to mention great defensive backs coaching, Michigan appears in great shape heading into 2016.
Brown has been coordinating college defenses since the early-1980s and has had stops at Mansfield, Dartmouth, Yale, UMass and Maryland. He’s also coached at UConn and Northeastern. He’s spent the past three years at Boston College.