Corwin Brown has returned to the NFL.
The former Notre Dame defensive backs coach was hired by the New England Patriots as a defensive coach, according to The Associated Press.
Brown was the Irish's defensive coordinator in 2007 and '08 before becoming an associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator, with Jon Tenuta, this last season. He was not retained when Brian Kelly took over the program.
Brown, who was a fourth-round pick out of Michigan in 1993, played for the Patriots, New York Jets and Detroit Lions during an eight-year NFL career.
Brown coached the defensive backs for the Jets from 2004-06 before coming to Notre Dame. The Jets had 56 interceptions under his tutelage.
He started his coaching career at Virginia, overseeing the special teams from 2001-03.