Despite the Cal Bears surrendering a school-record number of points this season—488—defensive coordinator Andy Buh still has the support of head coach Sonny Dykes.
Dykes told the San Jose Mercury News that he understands the challenges Buh has faced this season as the Bears have stumbled to a 1-10 record that includes zero victories against FBS competition and an 0-8 mark in Pac-12 play.
“It’s easier for me to judge Andy because I see him coach every day,” Dykes said. “I have complete confidence in him and his staff. Those guys know what they’re doing and they’ll get it done.”
The Golden Bears rank last in the conference in just about every defensive category and Dykes understands there are grumbles out there among the Cal faithful. Still, he doesn’t put a lot of stock into what’s being said about Buh and the defense online.
“There’s guys on the message boards who have four personalities and have arguments with themselves,” Dykes said.
Buh understands where the criticism might be coming from, even if he claims not to look at it. After all, he shepherds a defense that has allowed 46 points a game in its 10 games against FBS opponents.
“The only thing you can judge it off is how we’ve performed on the field,” Buh said. “There’s many different reasons you can blame for the performances on Saturday. The bottom line is we haven’t played well enough to win.”
Cal closes the season Saturday with the annual Big Game at Stanford.