Brandon Bailey, a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, is moving on to the Mid-American Conference to be the defensive coordinator at Buffalo, according to a report from ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Bailey has been with the Aggies since 2019, and previously worked at Tulane. The connection is Buffalo coach Mo Linguist, who was the cornerbacks coach at Texas A&M in 2018 and 2019. The Bulls went 4-8 in their first year under Linguist, who took over for Lance Leipold after he left for the head job at Kansas.

Bailey graduated from Georgia Southern in 2016, where he was a student assistant with the football program from January of 2013 to March of 2016.

Bailey would replace Joe Cauthen, who left Buffalo after one season to become the defensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin, an FCS program.

On defense, the Bulls finished sixth in the MAC in scoring defense (29.9 points per game), eighth in the MAC in rushing defense (194.92 yards), fifth in the MAC in pass defense (220.9 yards) and seventh in total defense.