Despite the 62 points allowed in Michigan’s final game against Ohio State, U-M’s defensive unit finished the regular season as the No. 1 ranked total defense in the country for the second time in three seasons under Brown.
Wednesday morning, Narducci broke news that three finalists had emerged for the Owls job: Mike Elko (Texas A&M defensive coordinator), Manny Diaz (Miami defensive coordinator) and Brown.
We could find out today the new Temple football coach. Three DC's Mike Elko (Texas A&M), Manny Diaz (Miami), & Don Brown (Michigan) are thought to be in the running. Based on some conversations, my gut says Elko is the favorite, but we will see.
— Marc Narducci (@sjnard) December 12, 2018
Shortly after, Elko was speculated as the favorite to land the gig. Following that speculation, though, Bruce Feldman reported that Elko turned down the offer from Temple, electing to stay at TAMU.
Good news for #TAMU: DC Mike Elko is staying at Texas A&M, per source. There had been speculation that he might be headed to Temple for their HC job. Yahoo first reported the news.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2018
Per the report from Philly.com, this leaves two of three finalists: Brown and Diaz, who coordinated the No. 1 and 2 ranked total defenses in the country, respectively.
Brown has been at Michigan since 2016 after leaving Boston College to replace former U-M DC D.J. Durkin. The 63-year-old would be entering his fourth season in Ann Arbor in 2019.