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Andy Buh to join Arkansas coaching staff as linebackers coach, should reduce Cal payout

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Buh bye!

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For those of you wondering if former Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh was hiding in a closet in Memorial Stadium this year ... we have no idea! What we do know for certain is that he won't be hiding in a closet this upcoming season. Buh is headed off to Arkansas to take a position on their staff.

It appears it will be as linebacker coach (more from the Baxter Bulletin).

The announcement could come as early as Thursday, when the buyout clause in Shannon's contract at Arkansas for the new year drops from $100,000 to $50,000.

Andy Buh, the linebackers coach at Wisconsin in 2012 under Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, appears the leading candidate as Shannon's likely replacement on the Razorbacks' staff.

In case you were wondering how much Cal would be on the hook to pay Buh if he found another job, TwistNHook managed to answer this important question in his article.

So, right now, Cal has to pay Buh $1.25 mil over the next 2.5 years if he is fired without cause.  If he gets another job (and the duty to mitigate damages clause is broad and includes ANY job, unlike Tedford's clause, which included only certain jobs) and that job pays him $1.25 mil over the next 2.5 years, Cal would not have to pay a dime.  Under this section, Buh has to report to Cal on a consistent basis how much money he is making, so they can re-organize how much they pay him.

Of course, he may not be able to get a job that pays him $1.25 mil over the next 2.5 years.  If he gets a job that pays him $250,000.00 per year, then Cal's responsibility to him would be cut in half.

Cal has already paid half a million to Buh for the 2014 season. Depending on the value of the contract Buh gets at Arkansas, the remaining buyout for 2015-16 should be reduced by a significant amount. So Cal won't have to worry about paying as much this season and we can just all move on from thinking about the 2013 season ever again.

Right? Right???