Zavier Simpson gets ‘dude’ label from UM coordinator Don Brown

Angelique S. Chengelis

Ann Arbor — Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown appreciates great defense, even if it’s in another sport. Brown loves the way the Final Four-bound Michigan basketball team plays, and he had special praise for point guard Zavier Simpson.

“They’re doing everything,” Brown said Tuesday night. “Moe Wagner, the point guard, Simpson, boy, he’s an impressive guy. I remember watching him and I’m like, ‘Ah, he’s a nice player.’ Well, he’s a dude now.”

In Brown’s lingo, being called a “dude” is the highest of titles.

Simpson gave up football in Lima, Ohio, before concentrating on basketball in high school. Brown was jokingly asked if Simpson could join the football team this fall.

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“Let’s get him out there,” Brown said, laughing. “I’m sure coach would love that.”

Michigan faces Loyola-Chicago on Saturday in a national semifinal.

“Everybody’s talking about it,” tight end Zach Gentry said Tuesday. “There’s an electricity on the campus, definitely. A lot of the football guys have been having watch parties. We’ve been getting together as a team and watching. We’re behind them, so is the city of Ann Arbor.”

Brown has had a ball watching the team this postseason.

“I’m enjoying the ride, like everyone else,” Brown said. “It’s a great deal.”