Coach Brown Shocks Terps with Departure

Maryland commits were left scratching their heads on Friday.

University of Maryland’s football program took a surprise hit yesterday, as Defensive Coordinator Don Brown left the program to assume the same position at the University of Connecticut.

Just two days after college football’s National Signing Day, Brown informed Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall of his decision early Friday morning, citing his desire to be closer to his family as the reason for his departure. “I am happy to have the opportunity to be coaching back in New England at the highest level at the University of Connecticut," Brown told reporters. "My family is in New England and I am looking forward to being there."

The departure of coach Brown, who held the Maryland Defensive Coordinator position for two years, led to shock and disbelief to recently signed commitments. Many of these committed players, such as Makinton Dorleant, are now questioning their decision to become a Terrapin, “He was the biggest reason I was going to go and play there,” Dorleant explained to the Baltimore Sun. “If he made the decision a week before Signing Day, I definitely wouldn’t be going to Maryland. And I mean, there’s nothing I can really do now.”

Recently signed safety Lukas Foreman told the Baltimore Sun he was, “Shocked right now,” when asked how he felt about Brown’s departure. Foreman said Coach Brown told him that he was under contract for three years with Maryland, and that he did not plan on leaving. Now the three-star prospect is unsure of his next move.

Along with Dorleant and Foreman, five other recruits signed on National Signing Day with Coach Brown as their main recruiter. Although the departure was abrupt, Dorlant is upholding a respectful outlook, “He’d probably wish me the best of luck and I wish him the best of luck,” explained Dorlant.

Currently, the outlook on who will step in for Coach Brown is unknown, as the Maryland football world continues to put together the pieces of this shocking decision.

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