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Michigan Football Hires Don Brown as its New Defensive Coordinator

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Brown coordinated the top-ranked defense in the country this season at Boston College.

Jim Harbaugh

Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown has been officially hired to the same position at Michigan, the program announced today.

"We are very pleased and happy to announce that our top candidate and number one choice, Don Brown has accepted our offer to become defensive coordinator," said Jim Harbaugh in a statement. "After a very thorough search and talking with those I respect the most in this game, including Jack Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Bob Sutton, Vic Fangio and others, it led me to Don Brown. Everything he has touched has turned to gold. Just look at his track record as a head coach, defensive coordinator and even as a baseball coach. We are beyond excited to welcome this high character, high achieving individual to our program and university. Teaching and player development are synonymous with coaching and Don Brown epitomizes those qualities.

Brown was named the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 following his work with the Eagles this season. Their defense ranked first in total defense, rush defense, scoring defense, red zone defense, first down defense, third down defense, fourth down defense and tackles-for-loss and was second in pass defense and pass efficiency defense.

He has 34 years of collegiate coaching experience under his belt and has coordinated defenses at Maryland, Connecticut and Boston College. He has also been a head coach at Plymouth State, Northeastern and Massachusetts.

He will begin work with the program following the Citrus Bowl.

UPDATE: Here is Harbaugh with his new defensive coordinator:

This story is developing.