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Choate: UI Should Quit Playing LSUs

In an Q-and-A interview with Ryan Collingwood/VarsityCDA, Jeff Choate, a former Post Falls High football coach who now coaches linebackers at Washington State, said:

I think Idaho prep football has really improved, and a lot of that has carried over from Boise State’s success. As for North Idaho, when I was growing up, it had a reputation of having tough, hard-working kids.  But I think that’s shifted over the years. I mean, how do you preach toughness to a bunch of kids from Dalton Gardens? Just the name itself sounds (fancy). …Last year Coeur d’Alene was as good as any team in the western Untied States. And (former CdA quarterback Chad) Chalich is a solid player. We had a lot of conversations on what we should do with him at Boise State, but we ended up getting another commit and Chalich ended up at Idaho. When Idaho does what it should and play at the FCS level (Big Sky Conference) I think Chalich will be an all-American player and Walter Payton Award candidate. …It’s really not right what (Idaho) is doing to its players in letting them get beat so they can get a paycheck. More here.

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Coaches w/St. Maries Ties Leave BSU

Boise State defensive backs coach Marcel Yates (Texas A&M) and special teams coach Jeff Choate (Washington State) will leave the Broncos for jobs in Bowl Championship Series conferences, a source told the Idaho Statesman. Their exact titles are unknown, but Yates is expected to coach defensive backs for new Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin in the Southeastern Conference and Choate is expected to coach a defensive position for new Cougars coach Mike Leach in the Pac-12. Washington State already has hired special teams coach Eric Russell, who like Choate attended St. Maries High in North Idaho. The two departures will cost the Broncos experience and recruiting ties/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo: Choate as the Post Falls Trojans coach in the 1990s)

Question: Will Boise State be able to continue its Top 10 performances of the past three years, with the exodus of its offensive coordinator and other assistant football coaches?

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AM: 2 BSU Coaches Move Elsewhere

Boise State assistant coach Brent Pease calls plays for the White team during the annual Blue-Orange Spring college football game in Boise. Florida has hired Pease as its offensive coordinator. Story here. Also, Washington State has hired BSU special teams coach Jeff Choate to be an assistant. Story here. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Shawn Raecke, file)

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