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UB hires Joe Cauthen as defensive coordinator

Cauthen coached with Maurice Linguist for a year at Valdosta State

The Joe Cauthen hire marks the first major addition to Maurice Linguist’s staff since the 37-year-old was named head coach on Friday.
The Joe Cauthen hire marks the first major addition to Maurice Linguist’s staff since the 37-year-old was named head coach on Friday.

UB is hiring Joe Cauthen as its new defensive coordinator, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.

The hire marks the first major addition to Maurice Linguist’s staff since the 37-year-old was named UB head coach on Friday.

Cauthen, who was hired by Arkansas as a defensive analyst in 2021, last served as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Houston from 2019 to 2020.

Cauthen has experience as a defensive line/linebackers coach at Middle Tennessee and as a defensive coordinator at Arkansas State, Valdosta State and Texas A&M-Commerce.

Linguist has ties with Cauthen, as he was the safeties coach on Cauthen’s defensive staff at Valdosta State in 2008.

Cauthen was highly successful at Arkansas State, where he directed one of the top defenses in the Sun Belt Conference from 2014 to 2018. The Red Wolves totaled 79 interceptions in Cauthen’s five seasons as defensive coordinator, seventh-best in the nation during that span.

Under Cauthen’s direction in 2020, Houston ranked 55th in the nation in total defense and 16th in sacks per game.

With seven bowl games and over 30 years of coaching experience under his belt, Cauthen brings a veteran presence to UB’s coaching staff.

Anthony DeCicco is the Senior Sports Editor and can be reached at anthony.decicco@ubspectrum.com and @DeCicco42 on Twitter


ANTHONY DECICCO
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Anthony DeCicco is the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectrum. His words have appeared in outlets such as SLAM Magazine andSyracuse.com. In 2020, he was awarded First Prize for Sports Column Writing at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards. In his free time, he can be found watching ‘90s Knicks games and reading NFL Mock Drafts at 3 a.m. 

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