UK confirmed this evening that Andy Buh has put in his resignation to take a job at another school. Head coach Mark Stoops offered the following statement via press release:
"I want to thank Coach Buh for his work and his commitment to our program during his time here," Stoops said. "I have a lot of respect for Andy as he is extremely passionate and very detailed. He has good balance between being disciplined and having energy and our players loved playing for him. There is no doubt he will have success as a defensive coordinator and I wish Andy and his family the best."
The Kentucky Wildcats are set to have yet another coaching search on the football side.
According to Patrick Loney, special teams coordinator Andy Buh is leaving to become the Maryland Terrapins' defensive coordinator.
I've been told by source #Kentucky OLB coach Andy Buh will become Maryland DC.— Patrick Loney (@PatrickLoney) April 4, 2016
Maryland tried to hire Buh earlier, he declined the offer this time he accepted the offer.— Patrick Loney (@PatrickLoney) April 4, 2016
If this holds up and Buh does ultimately leave for Maryland, we'll be left with yet another coaching search for Kentucky this offseason. It seems like ever since the season ended, there's been at least one ongoing search for either a coordinator or quality assistant opening, but this is still a tough blow since spring football is underway.
Buh just wrapped up his first season at Kentucky's outside linebackers coach before being promoted to special teams coordinator this offseason. He's previously served as defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and California while also being the Wisconsin linebackers coach in 2012.
While UK's defense struggled mightily at times in 2015, it was clear several key linebackers made big improvements throughout the year. Most notably, Khalid Henderson was vastly improved this season after being a liability much of his career. Jason Hatcher, Jabari Johnson and Denzil Ware also had productive seasons under Buh's tutelage.
For now, expect UK to name an interim special teams coordinator and go with him the rest of the spring before finding a replacement closer to May.