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BC nabs standout defensive coordinator

Connecticut's Don Brown will become the new defensive coordinator at Boston College, a source told Wednesday morning.

The 57-year-old Brown, a native of Spencer, Mass., joins the staff of new Eagles head coach Steve Addazio, who was hired at BC earlier this month.

Addazio replaced Frank Spaziani, who was fired after going 6-18 the last two seasons. The Eagles, 2-10 in 2012, ranked No. 101 in total defense this fall. The Eagles were also No. 120 in sacks, No. 120 in tackles for loss and No. 112 in rushing defense. They surrendered over 30 points or more six times in 2012. Brown should help remedy the Eagles' struggles on defense. His UConn defense ranked No. 10 in the nation in total defense, No. 7 in rushing defense and No. 19 in sacks. His D was arguably the lone bright spot on a 5-7 season for the Huskies.

In 2011, the UConn defense was ranked fourth in the country in rushing defense at 85.67 yards per game. UConn was also 13th in the country in sacks and 19th in tackles for loss. The year before Brown arrived, UConn was No. 51 in rushing defense, No. 47 in sacks and No. 26 in TFLs. Prior to his stint in Storrs, Brown sparked a big improvement in the Maryland defense.

Brown also has been a head coach in the New England area that includes his time running the programs at Massachusetts (2004-08), Northeastern (2000-03) and Plymouth State (1993-95). He has a career record of 95-45 as a collegiate head coach.

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