Oct 12, 2019; Champaign, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator Don Brown looks on during the second half of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Michigan dismisses DC Brown

Michigan has fired defensive coordinator Don Brown after five seasons, according to multiple reports.

The defense was troublesome during Michigan’s poor 2-4 season in 2020. The Wolverines rank 96th in scoring defense at 34.5 points per game and 87th in total defense by allowing 434.3 yards per contest.

Michigan rates 79th in defending the run (178.8) and 96th in stopping the pass (255.5).

The Wolverines allowed 38 or more points in three of their six games.

Brown, 65, was twice a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant coach during his four seasons at Michigan. He also was nominated for that award three straight times (2013-15) while at Boston College before leaving to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff.

In Brown’s first season with the Wolverines, the defense tied for the national lead in total defense (261.8) and led in passing defense (142.5).

The change comes at a time in which Harbaugh hasn’t signed a contract extension. He has one season remaining.

–Field Level Media

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