BERKELEY -- New Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh brought more than a Rose Bowl appearance with him to Berkeley from his previous job as linebackers coach at the University of Wisconsin.
Buh is recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent the week before signing day to repair a torn left rotator cuff he suffered in a fall while jogging on an icy day in Madison.
Buh and his wife also are awaiting the birth of their second son, due in the next couple weeks.
Here's our conversation with Buh, as the Bears begin spring workouts Monday:
BUH: "First of all, it's what I know -- that's probably the most significant reason. Any time you coordinate a defense, you want to be a master of it."
What do you see as the strengths of the 4-3?
"It can defend all the different types of offenses we're going to face. I believe in the way football has become where the quarterback is such a threat, both run and pass, that four defensive linemen are almost critical in terms of keeping linemen off the linebackers, having good pass-rush lanes, squeezing and constricting gaps and not making it such a space game. Those are all the principles of the 4-3. We'll sit more on our technique and our fundamentals than our scheme."
BUH: "No. 1's always going to be putting our personnel in the right positions. No. 2, once we do that, teaching the base fundamentals of our game."
BUH: "The first thing I did when I got here was analyzed what that transition was going to be like. We analyzed a lot of film and looked at a lot of the body types that we had. We found out that a lot of our outside linebackers could be converted to close and open-side defensive ends. The open-side body types for us are speed, edge rushers, Chris McCain-type guys. The close-end side they're a little bit beefier. Kyle Kragen is that type, Brennan Scarlett is that body type."
BUH: "Puka Lopa and Mustafa Jalil. Jalil is a swing guy who's a cheeseburger away from playing defensive tackle."
BUH: "Nathan Broussard, Dan Camporeale, Ted Agu. (JC transfer) Sione Sina has got the size and the length to be an inside guy, but he's got the athleticism to play at the open-side end."
BUH: "I think it's unbelievable. A lot of people back. We're a little bit deficient in our secondary. We've got a handful of guys -- it's not a stable."
BUH: "The first thing is we want to be sound. The attacking and all that stuff are more cliches than anything else. As a defensive coordinator I want to be sound fundamentally. I want the fans to see a defense that doesn't make glaring mistakes. I want to eliminate beating ourselves first. I think that's a style that's going to fit really well with what we do offensively."
BUH: "It's exactly what you said -- it's a perception. It's not the reality that walks the halls of this building. The first indication is we signed 13 defensive guys and only signed 11 offensive guys. That indicates No. 1 where his priorities are. If we could have gotten two of those corners at the end, we would have signed 15 defensive guys.
"Second indication is (Louisiana Tech) won that WAC championship two years ago because they played stellar defense. Coach Dykes and I have a relationship that goes way beyond this opportunity here, and he's always talked about having a team with a great defense. He's the son of a defensive coach -- it's in his blood."
BUH: "Sonny and I met back in 2003 when he was at Tech. Cal had a defensive coordinator here back in the early 2000s named Lyle Setencich. I was here as a young administrative assistant under Lyle. When Lyle and (Mike) Leach connected at (Texas) Tech, I would go back there to study football, and that's where I met Sonny."
BUH: "It goes all the way back to Chris Ault when I was playing and coaching (for him at Nevada), to Pat Hill at Fresno, to Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. And then obviously Lyle had a big, big technical, defensive influence on me. There was (defensive coordinator) Chris Ash at Wisconsin, and (head coach) Bret Bielema."
BUH: "I never had play-calling duties. I was only a co-coordinator in title. I was promoted after my first year there to co-coordinator. Ron Lynn ran the defense. There are multiple reasons why a lot of us left and the major one was Jim was looking at NFL opportunities and we knew that a lot of us wouldn't be able to go with him.
BUH: "He did not let me go. I did not get fired. I left Stanford to be a coordinator (at Nevada). That's what I wanted to be. I knew once those demotions were coming in terms of being stripped of those titles, that it would be hard to get back into that position to be the play-caller. So that was probably the second reason why I left."
BUH: "It was awesome. It was unbelievable. What you see is what you get. He's 100 percent football. He's an ultimate competitor. And he thinks football around the clock. So just his competitive nature, his win-all attitude."
BUH: "That was one of the greatest times in my coaching career. For (Ault) to entrust me with being a play-caller before I'd ever been that, and be able to step in there in 2010 and have the season we had, it was one of the greatest years in my coaching career."