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Friday, January 7, 2011
Baylor brings in new defensive coordinator

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Baylor has hired Phil Bennett as its new defensive coordinator, the school announced on Friday.

Bennett currently serves as Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator, and will finish the year with the Panthers' season finale in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday.

"He brings a proven track record to Baylor, and enjoys tremendous respect nationally for his work on the defensive side of the ball," Bears coach Art Briles said in a release. "But aside from that, Phil is a great man, a great professional and is very loyal to the people and the profession."

A 32-year coaching veteran, Bennett has also made stops at Big 12 schools Texas A&M, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Kansas State, filling a variety of roles.

Baylor's defensive coordinator from 2008-2010, Brian Norwood, has been reassigned to associate head coach and will help coach defense as well.  Baylor ranked 10th in the Big 12 in total defense (104th nationally) in 2010 and ninth in the Big 12 (89th nationally) in scoring defense.

"This is a great opportunity, and I feel like I can help," Bennett said. "Art loves his family and is loyal to his coaches, and those things go along way with me and show just what kind of man he is."