Friday, January 09, 2009

Coach Brown leaving

UMass Friends of Football is reporting that Coach Brown is leaving UMass football to become defensive coordinator at Maryland.

Updates when I get 'em.

UPDATE: It's official.

UPDATE II: The official Maryland announcement.

UPDATE III: Maryland was irritated by UMass announcing before they did . The Baltimore Sun says Maryland contacted about a dozen coaches on the DC job. The Washington Times weighs in on some ramifications of the move.

Maryland's former DC left for 2009's FCS opponent Kansas State.

UPDATE IV: Matty Vautour has a story about Brown's leaving here .

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Sounds like Brown REALLY wanted out of here this offseason. I can't imagine he spent much time recruiting if he was busy apply for each and every position that came up.

Anonymous said...

I know he was known as a defensive mind, however, this past season's defense was mediocre at best! We had most starters back on D from previous season so it seems like coaching was poor. Why else did D perform so poorly??

Anonymous said...

Sure smells like he was not up to the task of 'dealing with life after Liam'. This, plus leaving after a disappointing showing this past season doesn't project much character or willngness to step up to a challenge.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why you all are bashing him. He got a better job for more money. What would you do? For you purists, do you remember the original circumastances of Coach Brown's arrival. It works both ways

Anonymous said...

after last years disaster on defense and that Brown was left with only his recruits, and seeing what he had , sure looks like he decided to jump off a sinking ship.

Anonymous said...

Nice of you to join us Hens fans.

Anonymous said...

Listen, money talks! I've said this before, you look out for number 1 and what's best for you. He's stilla young guy.

topsfieldfan said...

Ok, the Don Brown era is over; who becomes the next Head Coach? Any chance Mark Whipple would consider returning to coach his son? I imagine not but it is a nice thought. I was disappointed this past year for many reasons and thought the overall coaching was lacking from past years. Scheduling Bryant was a HUGE mistake(nothing to gain from it, plenty to lose=our punt returner/DB)and the team was completely flat against Maine and UNH; something I've never seen before.

I hope the AD acts fast and get somebody in here to get going on recruitment.

minutefan said...

I would never blame Coach Brown for leaving, and I am thankful for the success we had while he was here. But does the coordinator job at Maryland really pay substantially more that head coach at UMass? I don't know, so I'm asking. It does seem that with interviewing for the Yale position and taking the Maryland job, he was determined to get out of here. That could mean it looks like a weak team on the field next season or there are hard times ahead for the football program from a budget standpoint, however. I hope that's not the case.

Anonymous said...

Bring in the offensive coordinator, Kevin Morris. He would be an outstanding head coach.

GO HENS! said...

Kevin Morris as a head coach, might as well just ask for a 6-6 season

Anonymous said...

this could be a real slap in the face for the next couple years. hope they find a new coach soon and get on with buisness.

Anonymous said...

Press conference monday morning. Welcome back Clarence Brooks.

Anonymous said...

No use crying over spilled milk. Need to move forward. if we look outside our current coaching staff it will take a good three yrs to recover. They should look inside the staff first. Has anybody heard who they are actually considering for the job?

Anonymous said...

Good for Brown. He's paid his dues. I can't imagine that he expected the kind of improvements to the program and infrastructure that is unlikely to materialize anytime soon--likely not within his tenure. Godspeed to Mr. Brown.

I think a coordinator from a competitive program or even a younger positional coach with assistant experience at a major program wouldn't be out of the question. We may lose out on some recruits though depending on when a HC is hired.

Anonymous said...

So, the verbals we now have will have an out, right?

Anonymous said...

You don't need an "out" for a verbal. They are non-binding to begin with.

Anonymous said...

yes, but, aren't they all about the honor system? it's like keeping your word.

Anonymous said...

An honor system in recruiting? No it doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

Brown clearly wasn't into this past season-he looked depressed ALL THE TIME. I'm not sure what his problem was but good riddance to someone who's heart was not into to it. Maryland is a graveyard for good coaches,see Mark Duffner. I thank him for a solid effort for 4 years.

Anonymous said...

Your judging someones heart by how they look?

Anonymous said...

Yes,based how his appearance,demeanor the prior 4 years.That plus poor results= burnt out,no longer capable.Good riddance,to a soon to be end of the road assistant.

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't judge people for a living.

UMass74 said...

verbal commitments are just that. The player (and the school) can back out.

Players who have signed a letter-of-intent (and no UMass recruits have, except for possible JUCO's) may renege, by NCAA policy, if there is a coaching change.

Anonymous said...

I was always of the opinion that Brown viewed FCS football as subpar and just a stepping stone to any FBS program. It seems every time he talked about UMass Football he usually qualified it with "at this level"! I always felt like saying "at this level Appy State and Delaware does OK!! In the future, I want a coach who feels UMass can play with the likes of the MAC or the Mountain West, etc. and hold their own with the likes of Delaware, Richmond, and James Madison "at this level" (LOL)

Anonymous said...

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out
UMass gave up 40-50+ points to 4 teams this past yr-Good Luck Maryland
We need a coach who recognized the teams that WIN have a QB who is more than 1 dimensional and an offense that has to catch up to the times of college football
Lets go Octavious
WW