UMass to bring back Don Brown as next head coach
Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports

UMass has made a decision on its next head coach.

The Minutemen are trying to rekindle some past success and bringing back Don Brown as their head coach. The hiring was reported on Sunday night and is expected to be announced this week.

Brown turned down a big offer from Arizona in order to return to UMass.

Brown, 66, was UMass’ head coach from 2004-2008 before leaving to become Maryland’s defensive coordinator. He went 43-19 over five seasons, topping out at 13-2 in 2006.

Brown served as Jim Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator at Michigan from 2016-2020. He was in his first season as the defensive coordinator at Arizona under Jedd Fisch. Now he will be returning to UMass, which has fallen upon tough times. UMass is 1-10 this season and has gone 2-25 the last three seasons. They fired Mark Whipple after consecutive 4-8 seasons in 2017 and 2018 and probably never thought it would get so much worse.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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