According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has interviewed for the head coaching job at Temple, along with “eight to 10” other candidates.
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
The tweet above is from Inquirer reporter Marc Narducci. Since tweeting this, it was reported Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko turned down the job.
It appears Temple is wanting a defense-first guy. Brown led the No. 1 defense in the country this season at Michigan, and Diaz led the No. 2 defense in 2018 at Miami (FL).
Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News points out Brown’s five-year contract was revised in 2016 for $1 million per year. And if he leaves for a different job before his contract is up, he would owe the university $250,000.
Look, there is nothing else to say here other than this would be a devastating blow to the program and where it is headed. In Brown’s three years at Michigan, the defense has been No. 1, No. 3 and No. 1 in total defense in the country.
Brown is also a good recruiter, and obviously a great leader. Everyone loves the guy and he is one of the great defensive minds in the sport. If Brown were to leave, it would be the biggest coaching loss in Jim Harbaugh’s time as Michigan’s head coach.
Let’s just cross our fingers and hope Michigan doesn’t have its biggest coaching void to fill since it changed head coaches.
Stick with Maize n Brew as this story develops.