After a season in which the Cal Golden Bears ranked near the bottom of the Football Bowl Subdivision with a defense that allowed 529.6 yards per game, coach Sonny Dykes has reportedly demoted defensive coordinator Andy Buh and brought in former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Art Kaufman.
FootballScoop.com reported the story.
Cal ranked 124th among the 125 FBS schools in total defense last season while surrendering 47.4 points per game, which ranked dead last in major college football.
Kaufman was a longtime assistant for Tommy Tuberville, serving as his defensive coordinator at Ole Miss 1995-98 and remaining there for two more seasons after Tuberville left to Auburn and then rejoined Tuberville at Texas Tech in 2012 and Cincinnati in 2013.
In 2012, Kaufman engineered a defensive turnaround that saw Texas Tech rise from 114th in the nation in total defense to 38th, while Cincinnati ranked ninth in total defense in 2013 and 14th in scoring defense.
Kaufman has been a college football defensive assistant since 1983 and has been a defensive coordinator for 16 of those. He’s been at Northwestern State, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas Tech, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Southern Mississippi, North Carolina as well as Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Cincinnati.
It’s the right move. Cal looked simply overmatched often last season defensively and there appeared to be little in the way of adjustments to attempt to correct the problems.
One potential issue for Kaufman is that he’s an Arkansas native who has spent his entire career in the Southeast, with the exception of his season at Texas Tech.