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Andy Buh settling in at Maryland after leaving Kentucky

UK linebackers coach Andy Buh interacts with his unit during UK football practice at Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington, Ky. during a practice on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
UK linebackers coach Andy Buh interacts with his unit during UK football practice at Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington, Ky. during a practice on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Lexington Herald-Leader

Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post writes on how Maryland’s new defensive coordinator Andy Buh has made a quick transition after leaving Kentucky two weeks ago to join D.J. Durkin’s staff in College Park.

Buh replaced Scott Shafer, the former Syracuse head coach, who unexpectedly stepped down as Durkin’s defensive coordinator for personal reasons. Buh and Durkin were on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford from 2007 to 2009.

In the story, Buh talks about the unusual timing of the move, coming in the middle of spring drills. He is living in a hotel until arrangements can be made for his family to move to Lexington.

He came in and he didn’t really get too much time to start the whole icebreaker thing. He kind of just [said], ‘I’m the coach, you’re the player, we’re going to have a great relationship.

Maryland defensive end Jesse Aniebonam

Maryland’s players also talk about the adjustment to Buh and his coaching style.

“He’s a very critical coach, and the way he coaches, it’s very eccentric,” Maryland junior defensive end Jesse Aniebonam said. “He came in and he didn’t really get too much time to start the whole icebreaker thing. He kind of just [said], ‘I’m the coach, you’re the player, we’re going to have a great relationship. But it’s time to get to work.’”

Buh was starting his second season on Mark Stoops’ staff, having recently been promoted to special teams coordinator, before accepting Maryland’s offer. Stoops said he will not fill the opening until after spring drills have been completed. UK’s Spring Game is Saturday at noon at Commonwealth Stadium.

Maryland went 3-9 last year, including 2-4 under previous coach Randy Edsall, who was fired on Oct. 11. Edsall went 22-33 in his four-plus seasons in College Park.

Durkin, who is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and friends with Stoops, was defensive coordinator at Michigan last year for Harbaugh. Prior to that he was defensive coordinator under Will Muschamp at Florida.

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