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UMass Amherst hires new football coach

UMass Head Football Coach Don Brown with players at a game against the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, on December 8, 2006.
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UMass Head Football Coach Don Brown with players at a game against the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, on December 8, 2006.

UMass Amherst has hired a new head football coach. The move comes as the Minutemen head for another losing season.

Don Brown will now lead the UMass program. He's been serving as the defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona.

He's coached at UMass before, where he led the football team to the winningest five-year stretch in its history from 2004 to 2008.

Matt Vautour, a sports columnist at MassLive, said the university made a good hire.

"He's a guy whose players have really been devoted to him over the years," he said. "He was really well liked as a coach at UMass, and I think he's a good football coach."

Brown is 66 years old. Vautour said the fact that he's moving towards the end of his career likely helped UMass land him.

"Because he's little older, you've got an opportunity to get somebody quality-wise that you wouldn't have gotten if you were trying to get the same type of coach who was 46," he said.

Brown replaces Walt Bell, who won two games and lost 23 in the past three seasons.

The Minutemen have one game left this fall. They play New Mexico State on Saturday.

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