In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Footballscoop.com reported that new California head coach Sonny Dykes made one final offer to Wisconsin linebackers coach Andy Buh to come with him to Berkeley to be the defensive coordinator, and it reportedly worked. Buh would ostensibly succeed Clancy Pendergast as the dean of defense for the Golden Bears. A source close to the situation confirmed that Buh would be hired later in the morning. In the early evening, the Wisconsin State Journal reported that Buh would take the job.
When contacted for comment, a Cal representative did not confirm the hire on Sunday evening.
Sources also told Footballscoop.com that Buh would likely bring in Randy Stewart -- most recently the linebackers coach and assistant head coach at Eastern Michigan following a stint as Fresno State's defensive coordinator, and before that, stops in Berkeley and at Nevada -- in some capacity, which should be good news to the burgeoning linebacking corps, as both Stewart and Buh have deep backgrounds coaching that position.
Buh -- currently coaching linebackers for Wisconsin -- would come to Cal from a Rose Bowl-bound Badgers squad, which ranks No. 21 in the nation in third-down defense, No. 8 in fewest first downs allowed per game, No. 24 in pass defense, No. 21 in passer efficiency defense, No. 21 in rushing defense, No. 42 in sacks, No. 19 in scoring defense and No. 13 in total defense this season.
Buh is a former Wolfpack player and defensive coordinator under Chris Ault, and in fact coached against the Bears in 2010, and has primarily run a 4-3 scheme, which may have to change given the numbers imbalance between the linebackers and defensive linemen. Buh has shown during his time at Nevada, though, that he is open to using a significant amount of 3-4 concepts and looks.
Before his stop at Wisconsin, Buh spent two years as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in Reno, and was formerly the co-defensive coordinator at Stanford.
In his two years at Nevada, Buh helped the Wolfpack to a 20-7 record, including a 12-3 mark in the WAC. Nevada ranked 18th in the country in 2010 in rushing defense, allowing just 120.29 yards per game on the ground, and was led by defensive end Dontay Moch, a third-round NFL draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.
In 2011, Buh's defense limited No. 22 Southern Miss -- the No. 15 scoring offense in the country -- almost 13 points and 130 yards below its season averages. The Wolfpack finished 2011 No. 22 in the country in pass efficiency defense and was led by first-team All-American defensive tackle Brett Roy.
While in Palo Alto in 2008, Buh saw four of his players earn all-conference honors during his final season, which saw the Cardinal make their first bowl appearance since 2001.
But spent 2006 in Fresno with Stewart after four seasons at San Diego State, where he produced Kirk Morrison, a two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2005, Buh had two of his linebackers on national watch lists for the Bronco Nagurski and Dick Butkus Awards. From 2000-01, Buh was a defensive administrative assistant at Cal, after starting his coaching career at Nevada.
But would become the first member of the new Bears coaching staff with West Coast ties, as a native of Escondido, Calif., a former Stanford, Cal and Fresno State coach, and as a Nevada alumnus.
Stewart coached with Buh in Berkeley from 2000-01, at the end of a four-year tenure with the Golden Bears as the recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach. During Stewart's time with Cal, he helped to send Deltha O'Neal and Nnamdi Asomugha to the NFL.
Before that, he coached defensive backs at Nevada (1992-93) and UNLV (1994-96). Stewart got his start playing at Boise State as a two-year letter-winner (1978-80) at cornerback before returning to Boise to coach wide receivers and special teams from 1980-86. Stewart attended Moorpark (Calif.) Junior College before arriving in Boise.
From 2002-11, Stewart served on the staff at Fresno State, first as defensive backs coach before becoming the defensive coordinator in 2009. His 2010 defense was second in the WAC in pass defense, holding opponents to 208.77 yards per game through the air. In 2009, defensive end Chris Carter was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year, and the Bulldogs pass defense was ranked No. 32 in the nation, at 199.62 yards per game. Over a three-year span in Fresno, Stewart produced four defensive backs taken in the NFL Draft.
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