Notre Dame assistant fires back at Navy coach

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's safe to say that Notre Dame assistant coach Corwin Brown is no fan of Navy's Ken Niumatalolo.

After Navy upset the Irish 23-21 on Saturday, Niumatalolo said part of the reason for his team's success is that the Midshipmen "had a pretty good clue [the Irish] were going to do the same things as they did last year" on defense.

Brown, who is Notre Dame's co-defensive coordinator in charge of the secondary, called Niumatalolo's comments "very disappointing." He didn't think Niumatalolo had any business commenting on the Irish's preparations.

"Whether you think it's the right thing to say or not, in this profession, with all the classy guys that I've watched and played under and studied, they would never say a thing like that," Brown told reporters Wednesday night. "To say that we didn't prepare well or we didn't have a good game plan, that's crazy.

"What I think is crazy is a lack of imagination for what they do."

Brown then launched into an attack on what he called Navy's illegal cut blocks, which he said knocked linebacker Brian Smith out of last year's game. He also called a block against cornerback Robert Blanton "one of the most malicious plays I've ever seen." Brown said he called Niumatalolo about that latter hit.

"In this game, which we're supposed to be playing for our kids, you don't let your players do something like that," Brown said.

Brown then issued a passionate defense of head coach Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.

"I don't care what foxhole they're in, I'm jumping in the foxhole with them every time," he said. "We had a damn good game plan. And that's all I've got to say."