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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on the relationship between UMass head coach Mark Whipple and Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown. The pair worked together at UMass before Brown later returned as head coach after Whipple left for the NFL.




Former UMass Coach Brown Moves To UConn

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Former UMass football head coach Don Brown (2004-08) has been hired as the defensive coordinator at UConn on Friday. It comes a month after he was retained as the defensive coordinator at Maryland after former UConn head coach Randy Edsall was named the Terps' new head coach. Brown made the move to be closer to his family, which still lives in New England.

• Waterbury Republican-American: UConn hires Maryland defensive coordinator
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Former UMass football head coach Don Brown is staying at Maryland as defensive coordinator for new coach Randy Edsall, the former UConn head coach. Here are a few stories.

• ESPN.com: Maryland staff changes

Also, another former head coach at UMass is in the news as a possible replacement for Edsall at UConn. The Boston Globe has this story: Interest high on the Huskies' hire and the Hartford Courant report this: Who Will Replace Edsall At UConn?

Masslive: Former Football Coach Don Brown In News

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On Masslive.com, Scott Coen has a story on former UMass head coach Don Brown: Randy Edsell set to lead Maryland but what about Former UMass Football coach Don Brown.

Among the quotes come from Brown's agent Gary O'Hagan: "Don would like to go back and be a head coach," O'Hagan said. "I've got to believe he'd be a good candidate for Pitt and UConn at this point." Brown declined comment Sunday night.

Gazette: CAA Notebook, Honors For UMass

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has its weekly CAA notebook leading off with pair of honors for UMass' Blacksburg natives. Junior linebacker and captain Tyler Holmes was the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, while place kicker/punter Caleb Violette was the special teams' player of the week.

Also of interest, Vautour mentions how UMass' past two head coach will oppose each other this Saturday:

WHIPPLE vs. BROWN - UMass' previous two football coaches will square off against each other this weekend when Miami hosts Maryland. Mark Whipple, who led the Minutemen to the 1998 Division I-AA Championship, is the Hurricanes' offensive coordinator, while Don Brown, who led UMass to the 2006 FCS title game, is the Terrapins' defensive coordinator.

There were quite a few UMass connections in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday in Miami's 24-19 loss to Virginia. Former UMass reserve quarterback Spencer Whipple, Mark's son, saw action for the 'Canes. When starting quarterback Jacory Harris was injured, Spencer Whipple played the remainder of the first half. He struggled completing 2 of 6 passes and was intercepted twice before being lifted for freshman Stephen Morris. On the other sideline, Virginia's head coach is Mike London, the father of former UMass standout wide receiver Brandon London. His defensive coordinator is Jim Reid, who was the head coach at UMass from 1986-1991.

Stories On Former Football Coaches Brown & Whipple

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With most FBS schools starting football practice, two former UMass head football coaches are hard at work as coordinators at their schools: Don Brown at Maryland and Mark Whipple at Miami. Here are some stories with mentions of the former Minutemen leaders.

The Annapolis Capital mentions Brown's days at UMass, as the Terps are prepping for their first game against the triple-option of Navy. The Testudo Times also writes about Brown and his defense. The Bleacher Report talks about Whipple and fellow former UMass coach Mike Cassano, down in South Florida.

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