BERKELEY -- The California football team officially announced on Wednesday that Andy Buh will become the defensive coordinator for new head coach Sonny Dykes.
"The thing is, even when we get them filled, we're a little slow to release it, because they've got to do HR stuff," Dykes said. "I think Andy's been the defensive coordinator for going on a week now, but we're releasing it finally today."
Buh will join Cal as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach after coaching on the Wisconsin staff in the Rose Bowl against Stanford on January 1, 2013. Contract terms are to be determined and will be in compliance with UC policy.
Buh will begin work officially on the Monday following the Rose Bowl, Dykes said on Wednesday.
Buh has spent the 2012 season as the Badgers' linebackers coach after previously serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two seasons at Nevada (2010-11) and the co-defensive coordinator for the final two seasons of his three-year stint at Stanford (2007-09).
"I think we're going to base out of the even front, and we'll get into some odd stuff, too, to fit our personnel," Dykes said of Buh, who prefers the 4-3 alignment. "That's one thing that we do. That's coaching. That's what coaching is: Saying, 'What do we have? Let's figure out the best way to utilize our guys and put them in a situation to be successful. He'll come in here and we'll have some early-morning workouts where we can get out there and watch the guys work out and assess what guys can do this, what guys can do that. There are maybe some guys that will bounce from outside linebacker to defensive end, and there's going to be some guys that maybe bounce from defensive end to playing inside, so there's going to be some position moves. That's why we felt it was important to go out and sign two junior college defensive ends [Kyle Kragen and Sione Sina] to give the defense more depth at that position."
Wisconsin ended the 2012 regular season ranked 13th nationally in total defense (320.92 ypg) and in the top 25 in all major categories on the defensive side of the ball. Wisconsin was also tied for 19th in scoring defense (19.08 ppg), as well as tied for 21st in both rushing defense (124.46 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (112.59) at the end of the regular season. The Badgers were even better during regular-season 2012 Big Ten contests, allowing 18.3 points per game to rank second in the conference. Wisconsin held five consecutive conference opponents to 16 points or less at one point and gave up more than 24 in only of its eight regular-season league contests.
"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."
Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor is tied for 39th nationally in tackles with an average of 9.23 per game, while his 120 stops are tied for 24th overall. Over the last two seasons, Taylor has recorded more tackles (270) than any other player in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Dykes said that the Bears will run an even front as a base, but that there will be enough flexibility to go to an odd front, as well.
"From a scheme standpoint, he's going to be multiple enough to be able to I think address all the different things we're going to see in the Pac-12," Dykes said. "It's a unique conference ... There's really two schools of thought on how to play defense and how to play offense, and one school of thought is to try to win with scheme and blitz from all these different ways and do all these different things and put your guys at risk to an extent, or, the way I prefer -- and I think Andy shares my belief in this -- is the fundamental approach. You win with fundamentals. I think we share that belief, and it's the same thing we do on offense."
During his two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Nevada, the Wolf Pack was 20-7 overall and 12-3 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Nevada won the WAC title in 2010, posting a 13-1 overall record and defeating Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl featuring a rushing defense that ranked 18th nationally (120.29 ypg) and a scoring defense that was 31st (21.43 ppg). Pressure keyed much of the team's defensive success as the Wolf Pack was 24th nationally in sacks (2.50 spg). Defensive end Dontay Moch, a third-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft, had 22.0 tackles for loss (-83 yards). Moch led the WAC and ranked 10th nationally with an average of 1.57 per game.
Nevada posted a 7-6 record and nearly upset No. 22 Southern Miss in the Hawaii Bowl in 2011, limiting the No. 15 scoring offense in the country to 13 points and 125 yards below its season averages. Nevada finished 22nd in the country in pass efficiency defense (115.14) and was led on the defensive side of the ball by first-team All-American defensive tackle Brett Roy, who had 18.5 tackles for loss (-57 yards) while pacing the WAC and ranking 12th nationally with 1.42 per game. Roy also had 10.0 sacks (-36 yards), ranking second in the WAC and tied for 13th in the country with 0.77 per game.
Buh engineered a major turnaround in the defense he inherited at Nevada that ranked 91st nationally in total defense in 2009 (400.23 ypg) and 96th in 2008 (409.31 ypg) the two seasons before his arrival. In his two campaigns at Nevada, the Wolf Pack finished 52nd in total defense in 2011 (369.23 ypg) and 54th in 2010 (363.57 ypg). Prior to his tenure at Nevada, Buh had three successful seasons at Stanford (2007-09). He began his stint at Stanford in 2007 as the linebackers coach for one campaign before being promoted by then-head coach Jim Harbaugh to co-defensive coordinator for his final two seasons.
In his first season as the co-defensive coordinator at Stanford, the Cardinal ranked 11th nationally in sacks (2.75 spg) with the team's 34 total sacks coming from 13 different players. In Buh's second season in the position, the Cardinal made its first bowl appearance (Sun Bowl) since 2001 and had four defensive players honored on the All-Pac-12 teams to bring the two-year total under Buh to seven.
Buh spent the 2006 campaign on the staff at Fresno State after four successful seasons (2002-05) as the linebackers coach at San Diego State. During his time with the Aztecs, Buh coached four players who went on to the NFL, including Kirk Morrison, a first-team All-American, two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MWC selection who would go on to play in the NFL for seven seasons with Oakland (2005-09), Jacksonville (2010) and Buffalo (2011). Buh spent two seasons at Cal (2000-01) as a defensive administrative assistant after making his collegiate coaching debut with three campaigns at his alma mater Nevada, where he was a graduate assistant coach in 1997 and 1998 before being hired as defensive backs/special teams coach in 1999.
He started his coaching career as an assistant by coaching one campaign in 1996 at Orange Glen High School, where he graduated from in 1991.
Buh played two seasons collegiately at Nevada (1993-94) and helped the Wolf Pack to a Big West championship as a senior as the Pack combined for a 16-6 mark during Buh's two seasons as a player. Buh graduated from Nevada with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1996.
A native of Escondido, Calif., he also played for two seasons at Palomar College, where he helped his squad to a share of the 1991 Junior College Grid-Wire national championship as a freshman. As a sophomore in 1992, he earned All-America honors. Buh is married to the former Kelly Morris. The couple has a son, Luke, born in 2010 and are expecting a second in child in March.
Dykes hopes to complete the majority of his staff by the Christmas break.
"I'm a big believer in fit," Dykes said. "I don't like to make fast decisions. I like to kind of be able to sit on things and make sure I know what I'm getting into and that they know what they're getting into. The process always takes a little longer. Hiring your coaching staff is the most important thing you do. I'm going to be incredibly deliberate, and in some cases, a little bit slow. I think most of it [will be done] by the end of the week -- potentially all of it by the end of the week. That was kind of my hope. I felt like that was a little bit optimistic, but I actually think we may be able to do it."