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Reports: UB adds defensive line coach, promotes analyst to assistant

Reports: UB adds defensive line coach, promotes analyst to assistant

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Coach Maurice Linguist

New UB football head coach Maurice Linguist speaks as he is introduced during a press conference in the Murchie Family Fieldhouse at UB, Monday, May 10, 2021. 

University at Buffalo football coach Maurice Linguist is close to completing the Bulls' coaching staff. 

Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that Cedric Douglas will become UB's defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator. FootballScoop.com reported Monday that Linguist will promote Ron Whitcomb to tight ends coach.

Douglas was the defensive tackles coach at Massachusetts in 2019 and 2020, and was a graduate assistant at Arkansas State in 2017-18, where he worked with the defensive line. Douglas has also coached at the junior-college and NAIA levels, and played college football at Northern Michigan University. 

Douglas confirmed Sunday in a post on social media that he is leaving UMass.

Whitcomb is a former University of Maine quarterback who was a scouting coordinator and offensive analyst with the Bulls on Lance Leipold's staff last season. Whitcomb was a quarterbacks coach at Old Dominion from 2007-2018. He was also the program's recruiting coordinator in 2011.

Read the full story from News Sports Reporter Rachel Lenzi

The additions of Whitcomb and Douglas would bring Linguist's staff to nine assistant coaches, with one vacancy remaining. 

UB has not formally announced or commented on its recent football coaching hires.

Two UB linemen enter transfer portal

Two more UB players have entered the transfer portal.

Rivals.com reported Monday that Ron McGee, a defensive lineman, and Anthony Laudicina, an offensive lineman, have both entered the transfer portal.

McGee, a defensive tackle transferred to UB from Highland (Kan.) Community College prior to the 2019 season. McGee had 18 tackles and two sacks in 17 games in two seasons at UB. 

Laudicina, an offensive lineman, redshirted in 2019 and worked with UB's scout teams last season. 

Twelve players from UB have entered the transfer portal since Leipold was named the head coach at Kansas on April 30. Of those 10 players, five entered the portal after May 7, the day Linguist was announced as UB's new football coach, and quarterback Matt Myers and linebacker Tim Terry have withdrawn from the portal and returned to UB.

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I'm a college/high school sports enterprise reporter at The Buffalo News. I've worked in sports journalism since 1997 and I have covered everything from college football to the Stanley Cup playoffs, high school sports and the NCAA Tournament.

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