Cal hires Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox as head coach

Saturday January 14th, 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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