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Golden Nuggets: Cal was "abysmal" in USC loss and more on DC Kaufman

January 22 saw the hire of our new defensive coordinator, Art Kaufman, and the defeat of the Golden Bears at the hands of the Trojans. It sucked.

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So, yesterday sucked.

Cal (145, 51 Pac-12) somehow someway lost to USC (109, 15 Pac-12). What?!

Coach Mike Montgomery summed it up nicely:

"They beat us in every phase of the game," Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said. "We were a step behind all night. They beat us to the point of attack. Defensively, we were abysmal."

Monty and Justin Cobbs commented on the state of mind of the team and put the loss in perspective with respect to the rest of the season.

"Not to take anything away from them," Cal senior guard Justin Cobbs said, "but I obviously think we're a better team than they are."


"We got pretty self-satisfied with ourselves," Montgomery said of his team's attitude after a 5-0 conference start. "Kids didn't recognize why we won some games.

"The interesting thing about it is the people SC has lost to, we have not played yet. We've got all those people ahead of us."

If you really want to keep reading about that game, and SFGate have the coverage you need, but not the anti-depressants we'll need.

In better news that doesn't really make up for the suckiness that is January 22, we have a defensive coordinator!

Art Kaufman, who has developed some of the top defenses in the country at multiple stops over his 32-year collegiate career, has agreed to become the Golden Bears' defensive coordinator. Kaufman has 12 seasons of experience as a defensive coordinator at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level, serving in the role at Cincinnati, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas Tech. He was nominated for the prestigious Broyles Award given annually to college football's top assistant coach both at North Carolina in 2011 and Texas Tech in 2012.

Kaufman identified his short-term goals to help repair the historically bad Cal defense.

"The biggest thing is having a staff that is all on the same page - everyone knowing what we're going to do, what we're trying to get done and making sure that the players understand the schemes and are able to line up and play fast," Kaufman said. "With offenses the way they are today, you have to have your calls in line and ready to go within eight to ten seconds after the whistle blows. The players have to know what to do and have confidence in what they are doing."


Kaufman said his first order of business is to meet his new players and get in on recruiting for the class of 2014. Then it will be time to wipe the slate clean and start writing a new chapter for Cal's defense.

The bad news may be why Kaufman was let go at his previous job, Cincinnati:

But Kaufman was fired by Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville on Jan. 4, with Tuberville saying he wanted a greater emphasis on recruiting the Midwest.

"The defense played well," Tuberville told the Cincinnati Enquirer when Kaufman was let go. "This is more about recruiting."

But hey, it's not like we're particularly reliant on recruiting the Midwest, right? Besides, Kaufman is known for his ability to quickly turn around a defense, which we need badly.





Men's Basketball (all of these links were written before our lulzy loss to SC)

Women's Water Polo

Men's Tennis


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