DC Don Brown: 'I know I've got a lot of good football in me'
Like every other Maryland football assistant in the past week, second-year defensive coordinator Don Brown's immediate future became significantly more muddled in the aftermath of the school's decision to fire Coach Ralph Friedgen following the Dec. 29 Military Bowl.
Brown, 55, figures to land on his feet. Depending on the preference of Maryland's next football coach, he may even remain in College Park despite the regime change. Right now, Brown isn't really certain what's going to happen. He's just trying to focus on the task at hand -- preparing to face East Carolina.
"We’ll see," Brown said Wednesday. "It’s hard to say what the future’s going to hold. I’m at the point now, and I’ve been in this game a long time, I know I’ve got a lot of good football in me. I know that. I know I’m going to be coaching somewhere. But, you know, I’m also going to make sure that I’m selective and that I find the right thing that fits me and go from there. Maybe that’s the veteran in me. But I know I’ve got a lot of football in me."
Maryland finished the 2008 season ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring and rushing defense. The Terrapins ranked No. 10 in total and passing defense. And while Maryland's defensive performance took a step back last season, during Brown's first campaign with the Terrapins, the unit demonstrated considerable progress this fall.
In 2009, Maryland ranked No. 6 in the ACC in rushing defense, No. 11 in total defense and dead last in passing and scoring defense. The Terrapins finished 2-10, and their defensive showing was a main reason why.
This season, Maryland ranked No. 5 in the ACC in rushing defense, No. 6 in scoring defense, No. 7 in passing defense and No. 8 in total defense. The Terrapins finished the regular season 8-4, and their defensive showing was a main reason why.
When asked whether, if given the opportunity, he could see himself remaining at Maryland under whoever is named the program's next coach, Brown said it's "premature" to go down that path.
"I’ve haven’t even gotten that far," Brown said. "The thing I have to do is just stay focused on what’s there. These are great kids … We’re getting there. I’d like to finish what I started. At the same time, I realize it’s the nature of the profession, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do."
| December 23, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
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