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.