Monday, January 09, 2012

Don Brown is Yale's choice

Don Brown will be the new head coach at Yale, according to sources. The deal is not final, but expected to be finalized soon. It was a swift-moving search that drew plenty of interest, with some interesting names popping up along the way. Georgetown coach Kevin Kelly and Harvard assistant Tony Reno were among those to also interview.

And there were plenty of well-known names who wanted the job but weren't granted an interview. Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski contacted Yale AD Tom Beckett to pitch himself. Stanford assistant Brian Polian, son of recently fired Indianapolis Colts vice chairman Bill Polian, had TV exec Dick Ebersol make a phone call to Yale AD Tom Beckett on his behalf.

Ultimately, Brown gets a gig that still carries some major clout considering the heavy hitting alumni and the type of bright young minds coming through the program every year. The exact salary for Brown is unknown, and will likely stay under wraps. But it's believed the job pays in the neighborhood of $300,000 annually, a nice raise from what he made this year at UConn.

UConn will now be in search of a new defensive coordinator. Paul Pasqualoni is heavily connected, and certainly already has several names in mind to replace Brown.


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