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UCLA football: Jeff Ulbrich promoted to defensive coordinator

Jeff Ulbrich, UCLA's linebackers coach, has been promoted to defensive coordinator. He replaces Lou Spanos, who was hired last month by the Tennessee Titans to coach the NFL team's linebackers.

Ulbrich, who turns 37 on Feb. 17, spent the last two seasons working with the linebackers, one of the Bruins' strengths with future NFL picks Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt and, in 2013, freshman Myles Jack. Ulbrich also coached the UCLA special teams.

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It leaves UCLA with one staff spot to fill.

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