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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Bullough UCLA's new D-coordinator

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Chuck Bullough has been promoted from UCLA's linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, while Carnell Lake, who earned All-America honors at UCLA and was an NFL All-Pro, has been hired to coach the Bruin cornerbacks, the school announced Monday evening. 

Bullough, 40, will replace DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State's new head coach. 

"Chuck is an outstanding coach and is certainly deserving of the opportunity to lead our defense," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. "He worked closely with DeWayne in the development of schemes and game plans, so I know the defense will continue to flourish under his leadership.

"He has a dynamic, high-energy personality and can really get after it on the recruiting trail. He is very detail oriented when it comes to teaching fundamentals and he has earned the respect of our players for the job he has done while here at UCLA."  

Bullough has been a member of two staffs on which the head coach earned "coach of the year" honors. In 2001, Dick Jauron was named NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record (Chicago was 4-12 in the season prior to that staff's arrival). In 2005, Western Michigan improved from 1-10 to 7-4, the biggest turnaround in MAC history, and first-year head coach Bill Cubit was named MAC Coach of the Year.

From 1999 to 2003, Bullough coached every defensive position and special teams on the staff of the Chicago Bears.

He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and second-team All-American linebacker at Michigan State University, Bullough was selected in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and had a five-year career in the National Football League.

Lake, 41, was a three-year (1986-88) starting outside linebacker at UCLA. As a senior in 1988, UCLA went 10-2, and Lake earned first-team All-America and All-Pac-10 honors. He was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and Lombardi Trophy. Off the field, he earned a National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete award.

During his four-year UCLA career, he made 45.5 tackles for loss, the No. 1 total in school history, and 25.5 sacks -- No. 4 on that UCLA career chart. UCLA compiled a record of 37-9-2 during Lake's career and won all four bowl games (Rose, Freedom, Aloha and Cotton) in which he played.

"We are thrilled to bring Carnell back to UCLA," Neuheisel said. "He had a great playing career, both at UCLA and in the NFL, and was a real student of the game. We believe the qualities that made him a great player will translate to his coaching assignment.

"I also feel he will be a great asset in recruiting. He grew up in Los Angeles, went to school at UCLA, was a great student and played for a long time in the NFL. He is the prototype of the young men we are looking to recruit to UCLA."

A second-round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1989 NFL draft, Lake played 12 seasons in the National Football League as a strong safety and cornerback -- the first 10 with the Steelers -- and he played in five Pro Bowls and Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys.

During his career, he played for four head coaches who won Super Bowls -- Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher with Pittsburgh, Tom Coughlin with Jacksonville and Brian Billick with Baltimore.

Since his retirement following the 2001 season, Lake has worked in private business.