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Boise State football swipes new assistant from Mountain West rival

Jalil Brown, shown in this 2012 photo while he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, was named the cornerbacks coach at Boise State on Friday.
Jalil Brown, shown in this 2012 photo while he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, was named the cornerbacks coach at Boise State on Friday. AP file

Two days after he was named the cornerbacks coach at Utah State, Jalil Brown has decided that he’d rather be a Bronco.

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin announced Friday that Brown will rejoin the team as its cornerbacks coach. He replaces Jeff Popovich, who accepted a job on Tuesday as cornerbacks coach and defensive special teams coordinator at Georgia Tech.

“We are fired up to have Jalil back at Boise State,” Harsin said in an emailed press release from Boise State.

“Here’s a guy that really, really wants to be a Bronco and is a perfect fit for our culture and how we do things. He’s played the game at the highest level and been extremely diligent in taking that knowledge and passion for the game to the coaching side.”

This will be Brown’s second stint with BSU. He was previously an assistant strength and conditioning coach during the 2017 season, and was then a defensive analyst following the season.

Brown, an All-Big 12 honorable mention cornerback at Colorado, was most recently the cornerbacks coach at Northern Arizona for the 2018 season. He helped the Lumberjacks lead the Big Sky Conference and rank 13th nationally among FCS teams in passing defense at 179.7 yards per game.

NAU also paced the Big Sky and was sixth in the country with 17 interceptions, as CBs Khalil Dorsey (first team) and Maurice Davison (third team) each earned All-Big Sky honors.

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

Brown recorded 167 tackles, 21 passes defended and six interceptions for Colorado from 2007 to 2010. He was an All-Big 12 honorable mention pick as a junior and senior. He graduated from Colorado in 2010 with a double major in sociology and business management.

Brown spent six seasons in the NFL between the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. He was a fourth-round pick (118th overall) by the Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Men’s basketball: Broncos host Aztecs

San Diego State’s potential has been hard to pin down this season.

The Aztecs were picked second in the Mountain West Conference’s preseason media poll and have wins over Xavier and BYU, but they’ve also lost to Brown and barely beat Cal State Northridge in their nonconference home finale.

So there’s no telling what team will show up when SDSU (8-5, 0-0 MW) takes on Boise State (6-8, 1-0) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Taco Bell Arena (CBS Sports Network, 670 AM).

“When you break down their individuals and you look at them one person at a time, you’re going ‘Man, that guy can go get 30 on a night, and that guy can go get 30.’ They’ve got a lot of good players,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said during a press conference with local media on Friday.

“It’s their league opener. They’re going to be ready to go, and we’re going to be ready to go. It’s going to be another battle.”

San Diego State leads the all-time series 11-6, but Boise State has won five of the last eight matchups.

Women’s basketball: Presnell goes for 650th win

In his 14th season as the head coach of the Broncos and 32nd overall, Gordy Presnell is one victory away from the 650th win of his career.

Presnell could reach that milestone on Saturday when Boise State (10-2, 1-0 MW) takes on San Diego State (5-6, 0-0) at 2 p.m. MT at Viejas Arena in San Diego. The game will be streamed online at WatchStadium.com and on the radio on 1350 AM.

With a win, Presnell would improve his overall record to 650-296 and become the 16th active Division I women’s basketball head coach to hit the 650-win mark.

Presnell is 253-169 at Boise State and went 396-127 in 18 seasons at Seattle Pacific from 1987 to 2005.

Rachel Roberts has been covering sports for the Idaho Statesman since 2005. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and is Boise born and raised.

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