Let’s get to know what team Michigan will play in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29 in Atlanta.
Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has reportedly interviewed for the Temple football head coaching vacancy.
Per a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brown is one of a handful of coaches to have interviewed for the spot that was vacated when head coach Geoff Collins left to take over at Georgia Tech earlier this month.
On Wednesday, candidate Mike Elko — Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator — reportedly pulled out of the race and will be returning to his post with the Aggies. Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is also in the running for the job, as is Temple assistant Ed Foley.
Brown, 63, just finished his third regular season at Michigan after being hired by Jim Harbaugh to replace D.J. Durkin prior to the start of the 2016 campaign.
Michigan’s defenses have ranked No. 1, No. 3 and No. 1, respectively, in each of his three seasons with the Wolverines.
After the 2016 season, Michigan made Brown one of the highest paid coordinators in the country. Brown agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $1 million annually through the 2020 season. In 2021, he’s scheduled to make $1.4 million.
Brown also has retention bonus money built into his deal. He received an additional $300,000 for staying at Michigan through 2018. If he’s with the Wolverines through Jan. 10, 2019, he’ll receive another $300,000. If Brown leaves prior to the end of the deal, he’ll owe Michigan $250,000 back in buyout money.
Brown has been a head coach before, but not in a decade. Brown went 43-19 in charge of UMass’ program from 2003-08, pushing the program to the Football Championship Subdivision title game in 2006. Brown also went 25-6 in three years at Division III Plymouth State (1993-95) and 27-20 during four years at Northeastern (2000-03).
Temple, meanwhile, went 8-4 this season after going 7-6 in Collins’ first campaign a year ago. The Owls will play Duke in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27.