The Boise State football program and defensive backs coach Julius Brown have parted ways, a source told the Idaho Statesman on Monday night.
It was unclear if Brown’s departure would be termed a resignation or a firing.
Brown, a former Boise State player, followed coach Bryan Harsin from Arkansas State to join the staff in 2014. Brown was installed as the defensive backs coach with defensive coordinator Marcel Yates acting as a rover. However, Yates became the safeties coach by the end of the year — leaving Brown with the cornerbacks.
This past season, the Broncos allowed nine pass plays of 50-plus yards — tied for the fourth-most in the nation. The team grabbed 22 interceptions, also tied for fourth-most, with eight from cornerbacks.
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Brown was a cornerback for the Broncos from 1999 to 2003, starting the final three years. His previous jobs include stints as a Capital High defensive backs coach (2005), Boise State graduate assistant in football operations (2006), Boise State offensive graduate assistant (2007-08), Boise State director of player personnel (2009-11), Troy cornerbacks coach (2012) and Arkansas State cornerbacks and nickels coach (2013).
Boise State declined comment on the staff change.
One candidate to replace Brown already has emerged. Gerald Alexander, another former Boise State defensive back, is expected to interview for the job, a source said. Alexander, who played at Boise State from 2002 to 2006 and in the NFL from 2007 to 2011, was a graduate assistant on Harsin’s Arkansas State staff (2013) and Chris Petersen’s Washington staff (2014). He coached defensive backs at Indiana State in 2015 and recently was hired for the same role at Montana State, where former Boise State assistant Jeff Choate is the head coach.
Football Scoop, which tracks coaching changes nationwide, reported that Alexander will be hired.