When San Diego State head coach Rocky Long offered the offensive coordinator position to Cal offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, it didn’t take Ludwig long to accept the position.
Ludwig told the San Diego Union-Tribune, "At Cal, I was an offensive coordinator with a coach who was also an offensive coordinator.I'm excited to get back to running my system.I have nothing but positive things to say about my time there and we'll be implementing a similar system to what we had at Cal, just with my signature on it."
In 2008, as the offensive coordinator at Utah, Ludwig helped the Utes to a 13-0 season. The Utes dominated Alabama in route to a 31-17 win in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes averaged 37 points per game that season.
After the season, Ludwig decided to bolt for Manhattan, Kansas to join Bill Snyder’s staff at Kansas State. After a few weeks however, he left K-State to join Jeff Tedford’s staff at Cal. The results weren’t as Ludwig hoped for.
This past season, Cal was 5-7 while finishing 90th in total offense and 73rd in scoring offense. In 2009, the Bears were 8-5 while finishing 49th in total offense and 47th in scoring offense.
Now, Ludwig can get back to his own thing. "I bring a style and a philosophy that matches the head coach," said Ludwig, 46. "We have a chance to minimize the transition from one system to another. There are going to be a lot of similarities in style, terminology and method. All in all, I think it's going to be a pretty clean transition.”
"This isn't necessarily about one system. It's about identifying the strengths of the players and making the system fit them."
The Aztecs’ non-conference schedule in 2011 includes at Army, Cal Poly, Washington State, and at Michigan.