Cal names Kaufman as DC

By By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 12:57 PM PST January 22, 2014    UPDATED: 12:57 PM PST January 22, 2014 

Cal hired a well-traveled coach as its defensive coordinator on Wednesday.

Art Kaufman, who spent the past three seasons at three different schools, was named to Cal coach Sonny Dykes staff as the replacement for Andy Bush, who was demoted two weeks ago.

Kaufman's recent stops included Cincinnati (2013), Texas Tech (2012) and North Carolina (2011).

"After an extensive search and evaluation process, we have identified one of the top coaches and teachers in the business to join our staff at Cal," Dykes said in a statement. "Art has a tremendous amount of experience and an excellent track record in significant roles on the defensive side of the ball at the highest level of college football.

"He is a great fit at Cal as he shares in our philosophy of developing players to their fullest potential both on and off the field, while being an excellent teacher in all aspects of the game."

Kaufman was nominated for the Broyles Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach, in 2011 and 2012.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Cal football coaching staff and believe that my coaching experience will help our defense improve quickly," Kaufman said. "I'm looking forward to building a strong defense that will make significant contributions to our success as a football team. Sonny Dykes is in the initial stages of building a tremendous football program at Cal, and it's great to be part of that process early on."

The Bears ranked 122nd of 123 teams in FBS last season in scoring defense (46.8 points per game) and total defense (529.6 yards per game) and 123rd in pass defense (341 ypg).

Cincinnati finished ninth in total defense last year under Kaufman, but he was dismissed after the season. Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville indicated the decision to part ways was more about recruiting, saying he wanted a coach with ties to the Midwest.