Leavitt reportedly offered the job to Brown on Friday but the Tampa Tribune reported today that Brown has opted to stay in Boulder where he has coached defensive backs the past three seasons under coach Dan Hawkins.
Hawkins confirmed Brown was staying in a text message this afternoon. "Never was leavin," Hawkins wrote.
The defensive staff at CU has been together for three years since Hawkins took over the program. The only previous coaching defections in Hawkins tenure have come at the offensive line assistant position, including when coach Jeff Grimes left for Auburn earlier this month. He was recently replaced by Denver Johnson, the former head coach at Illinois State.
Brown's decision to stay in Boulder is no surprise because he has deep ties to the state. He grew up here and previously coached at CU in the early 1990s under former coach Bill McCartney. Brown's parents, who are grandparents to his two young daughters, also still live in the Denver area.
However, passing on an offer to become a coordinator at a Bowl Championship Series school was probably a tough decision. Brown made $143,963 at CU this fiscal year and would have likely made at least $220,000 as the defensive coordinator at USF In the Big East Conference. It is unclear at this point if Brown received a raise at CU.