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Football: Dykes reportedly hires Wisconsin’s Buh as def-coordinator, Randy Stewart as DBs asst

Andy Buh, who coached linebackers at Wisconsin last season and is a former co-defensive coordinator for Stanford, will be Cal’s new defensive coordinator, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Buh, 39, has accepted an offer from new Cal coach Sonny Dykes, the Journal said. According to the Golden Bear Report, Utah State defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was offered the position, but turned it down.

Meanwhile, FootballScoop.com reported that Randy Stewart has been hired to coach defensive backs, Stewart, 54, comes from Eastern Michigan but was defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal from 1997 through 2001.

Stewart, who coached Deltha O’Neal and Nnamdi Asomugha at Cal, worked briefly alongside Buh during his 10-year stint at Fresno State. The graduate of Boise State coached linebackers at Eastern Michigan this fall.

Buh’s hiring is a critical one for Dykes, whose Louisiana Tech team this season led the nation in scoring but was among the worst defensively.

Buh (pronounced “Boo”) would have faced Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, but is the fifth assistant from the Badgers’ coaching staff to take another job since Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema departed for Arkansas.

Buh reportedly was offered a position by Bielema, but opted for the promotion at Cal. In 2000 and ’01, he was a defensive administrative assistant on Tom Holmoe’s staff at Cal.

Before his one season at Madison, Wis., Buh spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Nevada, his alma mater. He coached at Stanford from 2007 through ’09, the last year as co-defensive coordinator.

A native of Escondido, Buh coached linebackers at San Diego State from 2002 through ’05, then worked one season at Fresno State.

Jeff Faraudo

  • gobears91

    Both good hires. I’m already fired up for Northwestern on Aug 31, 2013. Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Buh works. Can’t say he is The Man, but his recruiting experience, along side Stewart, should keep the D loaded with athletes.

  • ConcordBear

    Buh was the guy our head coach wanted.
    A lot of people called Sonny out and said we should have hired so many other guys, it’s looking like all the internet experts are saying the same about Buh.
    These guys have a lot to prove.
    We’ll see what they got!!!

  • Big D

    HC-Dykes
    OC-Franklin WR-Likens RB-Ingram OL-?

    Spec.Teams/Inside WR-Tommerdahl

    DC-Buh DL-? LB-? DB-Stewart

    70% there!

  • Big D

    I guess Tony Stewart(DC) was really Randy Stewart(DB)

  • The Wisdom Cow

    It’s a savvy coach that hires a guy he can claim the fans are cheering for.

    Concord, I’m not following your post. Are you saying the reports that Aranda was offered the job first were not true?

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I can’t say I’m thrilled about a shift back to the 4-3. It works great if you can get the top DLs in numbers, which is hard to do. It’s much easier to land a college player that reaches impact size and strength for LB at 19-20 yrs old then for the DL.

    Cal has a bunch of hybrid LB/DEs already, and hopefully someone like Scarlett can make the move easy enough. The roster should be able to make the transition.

    My problem is not with scheme, so much, though blitz packages can be much more varied and harder on opposing QB with the 3-4. It’s simply a matter of needing to recruit more of the players every school is trying to grab, the big already DLs. If they can win the recruiting wars, and keep the guys healthy, it can be a great D.

    Great argument, though, huh? What program doesn’t succeed if they are recruiting the top OL and DL players?

    With the 3-4, you HAVE to have elite NGs or the system fails. So, it isn’t like it’s all that much easier to recruit for. Just a bit of a numbers game I think favors the 3-4 overall (easier to hit on 1 great NG and 2 very good DEs than 4 very good DLs, given the competition over the big bodies), especially when you factor in that the recruited LB athletes are usually easier to move to other positions to get something out of them if LB doesn’t work out as planned.

  • ConcordBear

    Wisdom, Buh was the only person SD offered DC job too.
    Other reports are not accurate.
    Hope all these moves from the head coach down are good ones!!!

  • Juancho

    Concord even jfs post says aranda was offered. Id rather have buh.

    But the press is saying aranda turned it down. And buh was then offered late saturday / early sunday.

    Nothing wrong with a second choice when 1 and 2 are essentially even. Except buhs a prime time recruiter and aranda is not.

  • Calfan

    Not sure I am thrilled with this hire. Very unproven DC. I guess we wait and see. PS: Utah State DC turned job down because he is next in line for HC job after Petersen leaves this season.