Wildcats fire defensive coordinator Marcel Yates following loss to Stanford

Former Arizona standout Chuck Cecil will replace Yates; Wildcats also part ways with linebackers coach John Rushing

Wildcats fire defensive coordinator Marcel Yates following loss to Stanford

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A day after a 10-point loss to Stanford, Arizona fired defensive coordinator Marcel Yates and linebackers coach John Rushing.

On Monday, Wildcats head coach Kevin Sumlin said the defense giving up 133 points in three games was the breaking point.

Yates was in his fourth year at Arizona and had worked with Sumlin when he was at Texas A&M. Sumlin said despite their personal relationship, results matter.

“This is a business for big boys, grown men," Sumlin said in a news conference Monday. “It’s hard. My job is to evaluate, continue to analyze and give our players the best chance to win.”

Chuck Cecil, a former Wildcat All-American and NFL Safety, has taken over as defensive coordinator. Most recently, Cecil served as Sumlin’s senior defensive analyst.

Arizona (4-4, 2-4 Pac-12) is giving up 35.0 points per game this season, worst in the conference. The Wildcats offense is averaging 32.3 ppg, best in the Pac-12.

Arizona hosts the Oregon State Beavers in its homecoming game on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Arizona gave up 41 points to Stanford on Saturday. Most of those points were scored in the first half on 327 offensive yards. Cardinal quarterback KJ Costello played in his first game since injuring his hand on Sept. 21. He threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. The Wildcats didn’t sack him all game.

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