By Zac Ellis
January 22, 2014

Cal's Sonny Dykes Sonny Dykes (center) has hired Art Kaufman to be Cal's new defensive coordinator. (Dave Stephenson/Icon SMI)

Cal ranked 122nd in total defense (529.6 yards allowed per game) last season. Now, the Bears have brought in a new coach to turn the unit around. The school announced the hiring of Art Kaufman as its next defensive coordinator on Wednesday.

The news was first reported by Jeremy Fowler of

Kaufman comes to Berkley from Cincinnati, where he served as defensive coordinator in coach Tommy Tuberville's first season with the Bearcats.

In a statement, Kaufman said he hopes to make quick changes with Cal's defense in 2014.

“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.”

While the Bears struggled in 2013, Kaufman's defense at Cincinnati ranked among the top 10 nationally in both total defense (315.6 yards allowed per game) and rushing defense (104.5 yards allowed per game). Dykes said Kaufman's experience -- 32 years as a college coach, including 12 as a defensive coordinator -- is key.

“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. “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.”

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