One of the worst defenses in college football on one of the worst teams in a power conference is getting a much-needed coaching facelift.
Cal announced via a press release that defensive coordinator Andy Buh “has been reassigned as a position coach.” In announcing the demotion, head coach Sonny Dykes did not name a replacement but did state that he “will look to hire a defensive coordinator with significant experience in that role who can lead our defensive unit to success in one of the most prolific offensive conferences in the country.”
In addition to Buh’s demotion, Dykes announced that defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks and defensive backs coach Randy Stewart will not return in 2014.
“Defense is a critical part of the equation in winning championships,” Dykes’ statement read, in part. “I owe it to our student-athletes to provide them with the best conditions for success, both on and off the field, and I am committed to hiring coaches who will develop our players to their fullest potential while being excellent teachers in all aspects of the game.”
In 2013, Dykes’ first season with the programs, the Bears finished 122nd (out of 123 teams) in scoring defense (46.8 ppg), 122nd in total defense (529.6 ypg), 123rd in pass defense (341 ypg) and 86th in rush defense (188.6 ypg).