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Brown lands job with Patriots

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.

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