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Buh-bye: Cal hires Badgers’ assistant as DC

Andy Buh

For the sixth time since Bret Bielema left for Arkansas, Wisconsin has lost an assistant to another football program.

The latest to leave is linebackers coach Andy Buh, who Cal officially announced Wednesday is Sonny Dykes‘ new defensive coordinator.  Buh lasted less than a year with the Badgers.

“Andy Buh is a highly sought-after coach that has led a series of strong defenses in multiple settings over the last several seasons,” Dykes said in a statement. “The experience and knowledge he will bring to Cal football on the defensive side of the ball will have a tremendous impact on our program. He also has significant experience recruiting in the state of California and will bolster our recruiting efforts in our own backyard. I have wanted to work with Andy for a long time and have tried to hire him in the past, so I’m glad that this opportunity has materialized.”

The Cal job will mark the third coordinator position Buh has held.  He was co-DC at Stanford for two years beginning in 2008, then moved on to his alma mater Nevada as solo coordinator in 2010 and 2011. Buh also held an offer from Bielema to join him in Fayetteville.

“I’m truly excited for the opportunity to come back to the Bay Area and the University of California,” Buh said. “Cal is a program that has all of the resources to be a consistent winner in the Pac-12. I have a tremendous amount of respect for coach Dykes and what he has done over his career. I cannot be more excited to meet the players, the staff and all that makes Cal a special place to be.”

Buh joins Charlie Partridge, Chris Ash, Matt CanadaZach Azzanni and Eddie Faulkner in the mass coaching exodus from Madison.  The former two joined Bielema’s staff at Arkansas while Canada was named North Carolina State’s offensive coordinator Saturday afternoon;  Azzanni was officially named as Tennessee’s wide receivers coach Sunday; and Faulkner was tabbed as NCSU’s tight ends/fullbacks coach Monday.

(Photo credit: Wisconsin athletics)

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6 Responses to “Buh-bye: Cal hires Badgers’ assistant as DC”
  1. trapshoot says: Dec 19, 2012 10:11 PM

    Looks like the Badgers have lots of openings.

  2. normtide says: Dec 19, 2012 10:29 PM

    Does anyone know if any assistants will help with the bowl game? Or if there another plan in place?

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 19, 2012 10:35 PM

    Not too many of these guys want to work for Bullema. LOL

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:26 AM

    Its no surprise that guys are leaving. With a new guy coming in they have no idea if they’ll be retained so they’re taking jobs while they are available. Can’t blame them for that. And I believe most are sticking around for the Rose Bowl.

  5. canetic says: Dec 20, 2012 7:51 AM

    I’m going to have to brush off my resume. I do not have actual coaching experience but I’m almost invincible in the virtual word of NCAA football on my PS3.

  6. packerbadger says: Dec 20, 2012 11:40 AM

    This is a great opportunity for a new coach coming to Wisconsin. Great fan base, great school, great campus and athletic dept. Lots of potential for new coach.

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