Brown, 56, left Maryland last year to join the staff of new UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni. Brown was defensive coordinator at Yale under coach Carm Cozza from 1987-92 and received a strong endorsement from Cozza, who was a member of the search committee looking for a replacement for Tom Williams.
Williams was forced to resign last month.
There were reports Monday afternoon, including on the websites of the Hartford Courant and the New Haven Register, that Brown would be named the 34th coach in Yale history. But by late Monday those reports had been changed to say that Brown had withdrawn his name. The Register reported that the job was offered to Brown and there had been plans to introduce him as new coach on Wednesday.
No reason for the Brown's change of mind has been reported.
This is the second time Brown has withdrawn from consideration at Yale. He was the leading candidate in 2008 when he was head coach at UMass. Brown is 95-45 as a head coach at Plymouth State, Northeastern and UMass.
UConn remains in the hunt for a new quarterbacks coach. Joe Moorhead left Pasqualoni's staff to become head coach at his alma mater, Fordham. A name being mentioned as a possible replacement for Moorhead is Mike Neu, a scout with the New Orleans Saints.
In other UConn football news, running back Lyle McCombs has been named to the 2011 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. McCombs joined a backfield that included North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard and Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion.
McCombs was a big surprise for UConn and rushed for 1,151 yards on 275 carries.
Senior defensive tackle Kendall Reyes and senior kicker Dave Teggart have been named to the 2011 ECAC Division I Football Bowl Subdivision All-Star team.
Reyes was a first team All-Big East Conference pick for the second time in a row this season. He started 41 games during his UConn career and was third on the UConn team with 13.5 tackles for loss while making 46 total tackles in 2011. For his career, he had 32.5 tackles for a loss - tenth in school history.
Teggart was a first team All-BIG EAST pick. Teggart and holds the UConn career records for field goals (74), extra points (128) and points (350). Teggart kicked a field goal in 22 of his final 25 collegiate games and had multiple field goals in eight games this year and had 11 career games with three or more field goals.