There may not be a more polarizing figure in the Michigan Wolverines football program among the fanbase than defensive coordinator Don Brown, namely due to his unit’s struggle against the Ohio State Buckeyes and other high-powered offenses.
Brown spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon and addressed rumored comments from OSU head coach Ryan Day this offseason saying that he hoped his team would hang 100 on the Wolverines. Brown was not taking the bait.
“Well we get ready to play against them every day,” Brown said of Ohio State. “We’re running plays, we’re seeing concepts, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m just keeping my mouth shut and go to work every day, that’s what I do. And that’s what I’m going to do.”
Earlier this offseason, Brown spoke about how the second-straight blowout loss to the Buckeyes was a setback for his team to end the 2019 season.
“And once again, the Ohio State game was a huge negative for us,” Brown said back in May. “So I’m not gonna live in that world. And I don’t want the players to live in that world. We acknowledge it, we move on from it, and hopefully I do a better job. Cause I don’t blame players for anything, okay? You blame the old guy, right here. Okay?
“I gotta do a better job getting our guys ready and I promise you I’m going to. I didn’t mean to get, like, heavy there.”
Over the last two seasons, Michigan has surrendered 1,144 yards and 119 points to OSU in 62-39 and 56-27 losses in Columbus and Ann Arbor, respectively.
The Wolverines and Buckeyes will renew their rivalry to end the season in 2020 with a Dec. 12 date set in Columbus.