AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Former Illinois head coach Lou Tepper is taking over as the University at Buffalo’s defensive coordinator.

Tepper was hired on Thursday to replace William Inge, who left the Mid-American Conference program to be an assistant with the Buffalo Bills.

Tepper has a 101-75-2 career head-coaching record split between Illinois, where he led the team to three bowl appearances, Edinboro, Pa., and Indiana, Pa. He has more than 35 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, including a three-year stint as LSU’s defensive coordinator in the late 1990s.

He had a 36-18 record at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2006-2009, and was a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West coach of the year.

Tepper takes over a Bulls defense that returns eight starters.

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