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Report: Arizona pursuing ex-Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown

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Like any new head coach, Jedd Fisch has lofty goals for what he wants to accomplishment with the Arizona Wildcats.

That apparently extends to his first coaching staff.

John Brice of FootballScoop.com is reporting that Fisch is interested in bringing former Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator Don Brown to Arizona. The two worked together in 2016 when Fisch was the Wolverines' passing game coordinator under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Brown, 65, was recently let go by Michigan after five seasons in charge of the defense. Before that he served as defensive coordinator at Boston College (2013-15), Connecticut (2011-12) and Maryland (2009-10) while also serving as head coach at Massachusetts (2004-08) and Northeastern (2000-03) at the FCS level.

With Michigan, Brown's defenses ranked in the top 10 nationally in yards per play and top 20 in points per game from 2016-19. The 2020 squad, which had to replace several NFL players, dipped to 95th in scoring defense and 84th in total defense in going 2-4.