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Utah State cornerbacks coach's tenure lasts two days with Aggies

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Jan 4th, 2019 @ 5:00pm



LOGAN — Well, that didn’t last long.

Two days after new Utah State football coach Gary Andersen announced the hiring of cornerbacks coach Jalil Brown, the former NFL defensive back is already on the move again.

“Excited to be on board! Can’t wait to get started,” Brown tweeted Wednesday after the university announced the decision.

He later deleted that tweet, and re-posted a similar comment about working with Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin.

Boise State announced Friday the hire of Brown, replacing Jeff Popovich, who went to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

Brown worked at Boise State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2017, and also served briefly as a defensive analyst before going to Northern Arizona for the 2018 season.

The former Colorado cornerback was a two-time All-Big 12 honorable mention and fourth-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. He also played for the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins during a six-year NFL career before retiring and taking the job at Boise State in 2017.

“The Bronco football program is one with unbelievably high standards, on and off the field,” Brown said in a statement from Boise State. “I’m honored by the opportunity to join this staff and coach on The Blue.”

By Friday afternoon, Brown had already been removed from Utah State’s official coaching roster. The Aggies also removed the news release announcing his hiring from their website.

Brown was set to join defensive coordinator Justin Ena, outside linebackers coach Bojay Filimoeatu and safeties coach Mike Caputo as a defensive assistant under Andersen. Conor Dubin and Al Lapuaho have also stayed on as defensive graduate assistants, according to the Aggies’ official coaching roster.

Former co-defensive coordinator Frank Maile has been moved to offense as a tight ends coach and assistant head coach.

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