Cal hires Northwestern coordinator to lead offense

Updated: February 2, 2006, 10:13 PM ET
Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California hired Northwestern offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar on Thursday to fill the same position on coach Jeff Tedford's staff.

Dunbar replaces George Cortez, who left this week to pursue a job as an NFL assistant. Tedford calls the Golden Bears' plays and tutors their quarterbacks, but Dunbar will be his top assistant in game-planning.

Dunbar, previously a head coach at Northern Iowa and Central Washington, was the Wildcats' tight ends coach in 2001 before taking over as offensive coordinator. Northwestern was fourth in the NCAA in total offense last season with an average of more than 500 yards per game.

"I have always been impressed with the Northwestern offense, and I know Mike Dunbar is a quality person," Tedford said. "I'm excited about what he brings to the program."

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