Report: Don Brown a finalist for Temple job


Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, who won Coach of the Year at the Michigan Football Awards, interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Temple, per a report from’s Marc Narducci.

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.

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.

Per the report from, 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. 

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