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Boise State loses defensive coordinator Marcel Yates to Arizona

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Marcel Yates is taking a defensive coordinator position within the Pac-12.

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Boise State has now lost both of their coordinators -- and third full-time assistant this off season -- with the most recent one being defensive coordinator Marcel Yates who is taking the same position with Arizona, per Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans as well as the Idaho Statesman. Yates was linked to this job late last week but now it is all bug a reality.

The other coordinator lost was Eliah Drinkwitz who took the same offensive coordinator position with N.C. State. The other full-time assistant lost was defensive line coach Julius Brown who was let go and is reportedly going to be replaced by Ashley Ambrose.

This is a big loss for Boise State and not just for the defense that he helped be one of the best in the Mountain West over the previous two years, but for his recruiting abilities which helped the Broncos maintain one of the best classes in the Mountain West.

Yates also helped the Broncos have one of the best secondaries in the nation with 22 interceptions in each of the past two seasons which put Boise State in the top-five combined in the nation during that time frame.

Boise State's defense over the previous years even before Yates was in charge was third in 2013, first in 2012 and first in 2011. While Yates is a loss, the Boise State defense has proven to be elite even before he arrived in Boise.

However, Yates came to Boise State as an alum and has said on multiple occasions this was where he and his wife wanted to be and considered them dream jobs, but now he is off to the brighter lights of the Pac-12.