Boston College defensive coordinator leaves for Michigan

Boston College is expected to return several starters from a defense that allowed the fewest yards per game this season, but it won’t be bringing back the man who led that defense.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown, who spent the last three seasons on Steve Addazio’s staff, has accepted the same position at Michigan. The news was first reported by Sports Illustrated:

The Eagles defense showed significant improvement each year under Brown. This year, the unit finished as the fourth-best scoring defense nationally, as well as the top scoring defense in the ACC, allowing only 15.3 points per game. The team gave up only 19 touchdowns all season.

In Ann Arbor, Brown will fill a void left by former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who took the head-coaching job at Maryland earlier this month. Under Durkin, Michigan surrendered only 17.2 points per game in the 2015 regular season.