Andy Buh won’t be a part of Mike Locksley’s regime, but he’ll remain a Big Ten defensive coordinator. After three years at Maryland, he’ll accept the same post on Chris Ash’s staff at Rutgers, according to multiple reports.
Buh and Ash overlapped once prior, while both were on the defensive staff at Wisconsin in 2012. This is now Buh’s fourth defensive coordinator job, and he brings 10 years of experience in the position with him.
Buh replaces Jay Niemann as defensive coordinator, after Niemann struggled to put together a competent defense in his three seasons at the helm. After showing some improvement in 2017, the Scarlet Knights allowed 31.4 points per game and 401.5 yards per game this year. Rutgers only held two FBS teams under 20 points, while losing 11 straight contests to FBS opponents in 2018.
Buh started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Nevada in 1997, and was promoted to defensive backs and special teams coach in 1999. He moved to Cal at the turn of the century and stayed on as a defensive administrative assistant for two seasons, then coached four future NFLers from 2002-05 as the linebackers coach at San Diego State. He spent the 2006 season at Fresno State before landing a job on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford in 2007. It was at Stanford that Buh crossed paths with former Maryland head coach DJ Durkin.
After a season as the linebackers coach, Buh added co-defensive coordinator to his title for two more seasons at Stanford. He then returned to his alma mater, Nevada, as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 2010-11 before heading to Wisconsin. Buh was the linebackers coach in his lone season with the Badgers, when Ash was the defensive backs coach and coordinator. The Escondido, California, native returned to Cal for two seasons as the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 2013-14. His last stop before College Park was a season-long pitstop in Kentucky as the outside linebackers coach.
Buh wasn’t in charge of defensive playcalling at Maryland and won’t be at Rutgers either, as Ash will hold on to those reins. Ash, like Durkin before him, will hope that Buh’s experience will translate. It’s yet to be seen whether or not Buh will also take over the linebackers room with Niemann, who also coached linebackers, and outside linebackers coach Toby Neinas also leaving the staff.