If 'Right Situation' Occurs, Michigan's Don Brown Could Become a College Head Coach

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If 'Right Situation' Occurs, Michigan's Don Brown Could Become a College Head Coach

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If 'Right Situation' Occurs, Michigan's Don Brown Could Become a College Head Coach

Don Brown is open to being to a college football head coach again.

In 2004, Brown returned to Massachusetts – a school he was a defensive coordinator at from 1998-99 – to assume the head coaching position.

During his tenure from 2004-08, UMass logged a 43-19 record, the best five-year mark in program history.

Since then, Brown has been a defensive coordinator at Maryland (2009-10), Connecticut (2011-12), Boston College (2013-15) and Michigan (2016-present).

Proving himself as a defensive guru, Brown has thought about returning to head coaching, even at 63 years old.

But everything is on his terms.

“In the right situation, if it occurred,” Brown said. “But at the same time, not on anybody else’s terms but my own. You take that for what it’s worth. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to play the cookie-cutter game to fit myself into what somebody wants.”

Brown has a 95-45 head coaching record with Plymouth State (1993-95), Northeastern (2000-03) and UMass (2004-08). He also has a 26-10 record in baseball, leading Yale as the interim head coach in the 1992 season.

Nonetheless, Michigan’s defensive coordinator applied and interviewed for Temple’s head coaching void earlier in December, but the job – and a five-year contract – was given to Miami (FL) defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

Brown, hailing from Spencer, Massachusetts, said he didn’t lose sleep upon finding out he did not get the job.

“Well, I talked to them,” Brown said. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. Obviously, I’m familiar with the area in terms of I can recruit up and down the Eastern seaboard, all from New England all the way to Florida.

“But did I lose sleep on it? No, I just blinked and moved on to the next day.”

With three years remaining on his five-year, $1.3 million annual contract, Brown said he is unaware of a new contract is being discussed.

“Not that I know of,” Brown claimed.

Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News asked Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel if he was working on a deal for Brown.

Manuel responded, “I’m working on things.”

No. 7 Michigan (10-2) takes on No. 10 Florida (9-3) at noon Dec. 29 in the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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