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Kentucky assistant Andy Buh to become Maryland defensive coordinator

Maryland will name Kentucky assistant Andy Buh defensive coordinator, days after the position was unexpectedly vacated, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Scott Shafer, who was one of coach DJ Durkin's first hires as defensive coordinator in December, stepped down for "personal reasons" on Friday.

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Buh (pronounced "boo") worked with Durkin under Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-09. Buh was linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator, while Durkin coached defensive ends and special teams. Shafer was on the same Stanford staff in 2007 as defensive coordinator.

Fox Sports AM 1580 Lexington and Scout.com were the first to report Buh's move, which was also reported by Fox Sports and KentuckySportsRadio.com.

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Buh was the outside linebackers coach in his lone season at Kentucky in 2015, and Wildcats coach Mark Stoops promoted him to special teams coordinator last month. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Buh also received a raise from $200,000 to $325,000.

Buh has worked as a defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator at California (2013) and Nevada (2010-11). In Buh's lone season in Berkeley, Calif., an injury-ravaged Golden Bears defense allowed 455 yards per game and ranked 110th nationally in that category. Cal also tied for 88th nationally in scoring defense by allowing 30.3 points per game.

In Buh's first season at Nevada, his alma mater, in 2010, the Wolf Pack went 13-1 and allowed 21.4 points per game, good for 31st nationally. They ranked 54th in yards per game with 364, and both marks were improvements from the season before Buh took over. The next season, Nevada ranked 52nd in yards per game (369) and 58th in points per game (25.2).

Though he was co-defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2008-09, Buh didn't have play-calling duties, according to a 2013 interview in the San Jose Mercury News, and he left after 2009 to assume play-calling duties at Nevada. Buh runs a 4-3 scheme in his defense.

Buh's other stops include: linebackers coach at Wisconsin in 2012, graduate assistant at Fresno State in 2006, linebackers coach at San Diego State from 2002-05, defensive administrative assistant at California from 2000-01, defensive backs coach at Nevada in 1999 and graduate assistant at Nevada from 1997-98.

Buh played linebacker for two seasons at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., where he was a junior-college All-American as a sophomore, before he transferred to Nevada, where he played in 1993 and 1994. His coaching career began his alma mater, Orange Glen High School in Escondido, Calif.

Kentucky was the farthest east that Buh had coached in his almost 20-year career. As Nevada's defensive coordinator, Buh was on the opposite sideline from Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who was the wide receivers coach at Southern Mississippi, in the 2011 Hawaii Bowl. Southern Miss beat Nevada, 24-17.

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