The Washington Times - January 9, 2009, 01:29PM

Just wanted to toss up some football news that broke late this morning.

Massachusetts says head coach Don Brownresigned to take over as Maryland’s defensive coordinator. No word yet on Maryland’s end, but it would seem silly for a school to announce that its coach was leaving for a job he wasn’t leaving for.

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A few pieces of business associated with this:

* It means Al Seamonson, Maryland’s interim defensive coordinator didn’t get the job. Should be interesting to see if this is the last of the defensive staff shake-up.

* Brown’s coaching history includes stops at Plymouth State, Northeastern and Massachusetts, and he took the Minutemen to the I-AA national title game in 2006. He also had stints as a coordinator at Brown and UMass.

What’s interesting is there isn’t any major-college experience in there, and it reminds me a little bit of the move Dave Clawson made last year. Who’s Dave Clawson, you ask? He’s the guy who laid the foundation for Richmond’s title in the former I-AA this year.

Of course, he didn’t have any major-college experience, either. So he skedaddled to Tennessee for a year as offensive coordinator, then took the Bowling Green head coaching job last month.

Not saying this will happen here. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if it did.

* Ralph Friedgen didn’t wait for the coaches convention to interview any extra coaches, so I guess that hypothesis was incorrect earlier in the week.

More to come as the afternoon progresses.

Patrick Stevens