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Michigan to hire Brian Smith as DB coach

Michigan plans to hire Philadelphia Eagles assistant linebacker coach Brian Smith as its defensive backs coach.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Just a week removed from the news that Greg Jackson is headed to the Dallas Cowboys to coach defensive backs in the NFL, Michigan has an answer as to who will fill the vacancy.

According to a tweet by Washington Post report Master Tesfatsion, the Wolverines plan to hire Philadelphia Eagles assistant linebackers coach Brian Smith to fill the void left behind by Jackson.


The news of Smith's impending hire, corroborated by The Michigan Insider's Sam Webb, comes with word that he has history with defensive coordinator Don Brown. Smith was a three-year starter at safety and cornerback at UMASS under then defensive coordinator Brown for two of those seasons. Brown hired Smith as a defensive backs coach at UMASS in 2004 and switched to wide receivers in 2005-2006 and coached current New York Giant wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Before his time in Philadelphia, Smith was an assistant defensive back coach for the New York Jets for two seasons, first joining the franchise in 2007 as an offensive quality control assistant.

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