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Boise State football loses another defensive assistant after just one season

Boise State cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich talks how he came to Boise and how he was reality TV’s “Tire Guy”

Boise State cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich joined the staff in February, and he talks about how he was connected to the job and his experience on “The Bachelorette.”
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Boise State cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich joined the staff in February, and he talks about how he was connected to the job and his experience on “The Bachelorette.”

For the second time in a month, the Boise State football team has lost a defensive assistant coach after just one season on the staff.

Georgia Tech announced Wednesday that it has hired Boise State cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich to coach the Yellow Jackets’ cornerbacks and be “defensive special teams coordinator.” Popovich joined the Boise State staff on Feb. 15, 2018.

Popovich worked with recently hired Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins at FIU in 2010, when he coached defensive backs and Collins was the defensive coordinator.

“I want to thank Coach Harsin and Mr. Apsey for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Boise State program,” Popovich said in a statement, referring to head coach Bryan Harsin and AD Curt Apsey. “This is a place with a long tradition of success, but has even greater expectations for the future. The young men that come into this program leave as better people and football players, something Bronco Nation can be and should be proud of. Thank you to everyone for welcoming me and my family with open arms. This is a special place, a great staff and an outstanding football team. The future is bright for Boise State.”

Popovich saw senior cornerback Tyler Horton earn first-team All-Mountain West honors this past season and sophomore Avery Williams earn honorable mention honors. He joined the staff after last year’s signing period, but helped land Temple (Texas) High cornerback Markel Reed last month.

Boise State lost defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a on Dec. 10 to a similar position at USC. He was hired Jan. 4, 2018. That position has yet to be filled.

It will be the second straight offseason the Broncos have needed to hire a cornerbacks and defensive line coach, after Ashley Ambrose and Steve Caldwell left following the 2017 season.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the year that Popovich and Kauha’aha’a were hired. They were hired in 2018.
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