New California coach Sonny Dykes probably has made life easier for the Bears' chief rival, but he's made a key hire on his staff.
Dykes has tapped Andy Buh as his new defensive coordinator. Buh is not only a former Stanford assistant, he also spent the past season coaching linebackers for Rose Bowl-bound Wisconsin, which is preparing to play Stanford on Jan. 1 while dealing with massive coaching upheaval.
Before arriving at Wisconsin, Buh, 39, spent two seasons as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Nevada. He was Stanford's linebackers coach in 2007 and co-defensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009, the year before the Cardinal hired Vic Fangio and switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 base scheme.
It has been reported that Buh had an offer to join former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas but "felt joining Cal and new coach Sonny Dykes was a better fit."
Buh's hiring first appeared on footballscoop.com, which also reported that Randy Stewart was hired away from Eastern Michigan to coach Cal's defensive backs. Stewart, 54, was defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal from 1997 through 2001.
It has been reported by multiple sources that Utah State defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was offered the position first but turned it down.