Wisconsin Badgers Defensive Coordinator/ILBs coach Justin Wilcox in action as Team Abbrederis defeats Team Schubert (28-22) at the Wisconsin Badgers annual Spring Game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire)
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The Cal Bears are making Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox their next head coach.

By SI Wire
January 13, 2017

The Cal Bears have hired Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox as their next head coach, the school announced Saturday. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy initially reported the hiring.

Wilcox will reportedly sign a five-year deal. The 40-year-old brings Pac-12 and west coast ties to his new role, having previously served as defensive coordinator for USC and Washington. He began his career at Boise State and was Cal’s linebackers coach from 2003–2005.

A native of Eugene, Ore., and son of former All-Pro 49ers linebacker Dave Wilcox, he played defensive back at Oregon before going into coaching.

Wilcox replaces Sonny Dykes, who went 19–30 in four seasons with the Bears.

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