- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman will not return to California next season after overseeing one of the nation’s worst defenses.

Coach Sonny Dykes announced Thursday that Kaufman will be let go after three years with the Golden Bears. Dykes says he wants new leadership to take the defense in a different direction.

Cal (5-7) allowed the second-most points (42.6 per game) and yards rushing (272.9 per game) this season and ranked fourth-worst in overall defense (518.3 yards per game). The Bears allowed more than 40 points in nine games as the defense took a big step back after showing signs of improvement in Kaufman’s second season.

Cal has struggled on defense for all four of Dykes’ seasons in part because of the fast-paced “Bear Raid” offense.


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