UCLA loses offensive coordinator, hires LB coach

Updated: February 2, 2006, 5:30 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA hired a linebackers coach and lost its offensive coordinator on Thursday.

Chuck Bullough, who earlier spent five years as a Chicago Bears' assistant, was brought in to coach the Bruins' linebackers.

Meanwhile, UCLA offensive coordinator Tom Cable became the third UCLA assistant to go to the NFL this winter, taking a job with the Atlanta Falcons. Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy earlier joined the Minnesota Vikings, and assistant head coach-tight ends coach Jon Embree went to the Kansas City Chiefs.

UCLA coach Karl Dorrell announced that special teams coordinator Brian Schneider will assume the additional duty of working with tight ends.

Bullough, 37, coached linebackers at Western Michigan in 2005. The previous season, he served as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for Lake Forest College.

A former linebacker for Michigan State who played for the Miami Dolphins from 1993 to 1995, Bullough was on the Bears' NFL staff from 1999 to 2003.

"Chuck gained a wealth of knowledge during his five years as a coach with the Chicago Bears," Dorrell said in a statement. "In addition, he was an outstanding collegiate linebacker and also played several years in the NFL. He was highly recommended by numerous people and I think he will be a great addition to our defensive staff."

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