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Harbaugh's goal: Find 'better' coach than D.J. Durkin

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
D.J. Durkin, Michigan's defensive coordinator for one season, is now Maryland's head coach.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Don Brown was his top choice to become defensive coordinator.

Harbaugh on Monday formally announced the hire of the 60-year-old Brown, who was defensive coordinator at Boston College the last three seasons. The Eagles had the nation's top-rated defense this season.

Brown replaces D.J. Durkin, who is now the Maryland head coach.

Harbaugh spoke about Durkin during a WXYZ-TV appearance Monday night.

"Don Brown was our favorite coach, first coach," Harbaugh said, adding he consulted several coaches, including his father, Jack, and brother John, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, about Brown.

"I always had this vision that if we lose a coach -- and we lost D.J. Durkin to a head coaching position at Maryland, very excited for him -- the goal is to find a better coach. We have a tremendous opportunity in Don Brown of accomplishing that goal, no disrespect to coach Durkin, because he's a fabulous coach, but hey, that's the goal."

Harbaugh was asked how hard a sell it was to Brown.

"You'd like to think everybody wants to be a Wolverine," he said. "At least we do. Fortunately, Don Brown did, too."

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