Here are several of the most prominent candidates.
IMO, we need someone who will excite Ott and Sturdivant enough to stay in Berkeley (and announced in time to avoid them going to the Portal)...
Think WC will play it safe and it probably won’t work out. Makes sense given the risk.
We really need someone who is scrappy and isn’t scared of risks.
That being said, NAM for OC.
Maybe Tony Franklin missed naked dudes on bicycles and wants to come out of retirement?
Please no more crusty old white guys or retreads with outdated schemes. Bill Musgrave looked like he didn’t have a pulse on the sideline.
The rumors/grumbling/leaks coming out of Nebraska about Scott Frost’s indiscretions should be enough to eliminate him. That is if we even have a shot at hiring him, which we don’t, because he’ll get another shot at a head coaching job. Same goes for Harsin who never really had a fair chance at Auburn, and was never a good fit there. Bottom line, I don’t see recently fired coaches from big time programs taking coordinator jobs at cal.
Troy Taylor is not leaving sac state to take a coordinator job. We could quadruple his current salary and I still don’t think he takes the job.
This hire needs to a be a young, creative coach who can inject some enthusiasm into this lifeless program. If Wilcox botches this hire again, you may as well stick a fork in Cal football.
We really need an Anti-Wilcox as OC.
Someone who can light a fire under the offense to at least go down swinging.
We don’t need one of his past buddies to be a wet noodle when Wilcox goes all turtle.
Jim Michalczik as OC and OL coach
Taylor Kelly as QB coach and passing game coordinator.
We need someone to fix the line and Coach M can do that. Give him OC title so we can pay him the salary needed to lure him away from Oregon State. I also want a young and upcoming talent like McVay, Kingsbury, Kellen Moore kinda hire, so a Mater Dei Offensive Coordinator Taylor Kelly might be nice if he can recruit and energize the offense. He can call plays from the booth.
Speaking of hiring scenarios, I had this very scary thought while unable to sleep early this morning. Cal goes out and lays a can of whoop ass on a demoralized Stanford team in the Big Game and then tanks in the UCLA game and loses by 30 to finish 4-8 and with a 2-7 conference record. I don't think that would surprise too many people, especially if UCLA beats USC this week and is playing for a conference championship game and a possible Rose Bowl. Stanford slinks back home and lays another egg against BYU to finish 3-9 on the season and with a consecutive string of bad losses. Stanford and David Shaw reach an amicable parting of the ways after the season. Stanford quickly hires Troy Taylor as their next head coach after Sac State wins the FCS national championship.
Might be a pipe dream, but how about Kliff Kingsbury and Sean Kugler from the Arizona Cardinals next year. He is probably getting fired, but has previous college football success as a coordinator. Kugler coached OL when Wilcox was at Boise State and has lots of NFL experience(plus spent a few years as HC for UTEP although not great results). I doubt we would keep him more than a year or two as he rebuilds his resume. But he did coach Mahomes and a few other notable stars. Would at least peak some interest from recruits.
If Ott really is a great player he should transfer. If he's not, he should stay at Cal. If he's not really that good he might not get much playing time at, say, Oregon or USC. He's had one really good game (Arizona) against a defense that had completely failed to gel at that point and one decent game (USC) in which the defense failed to function. If I were Sturdivant I would cringe at thinking about another year of depending on Plummer to deliver the ball. Give me Bo Nix or Caleb Williams and I'm going to the NFL.
Dumpster Muffin for OC.
LOL....I am not willing to throw out 2020. Cal's lack of preparedness in that 34-10 opening game drubbing against UCLA was shocking to me. Every team was dealing with COVID issues, Cal no doubt more than everyone else, but it was still a shock. And then the turtling in the loss to Oregon State and the inability to line up correctly for extra points and field goals in the Stanford Game. That's when my red light went off that something might be wrong with the coaching staff.
I think Frost would be great. He is s great off coordinator, not so great head coach.
Avi: you might check out the article in The Athletic for some insight on why Chryst was let go mid-season. Assuming its mostly accurate, Paul's weaknesses are not a good fit.
Great post and now it's time to start whittling away at the candidates to see how things pan out. Sounds like there are many more options for Wilcox in 2022 than 2020, so that's a positive.
I think it's time to start the board on a new Head Coach. How about Gary Patterson? We need some Texas recruits. Would Sean Payton turn up his nose at a college job at a lowbee school (prob so) but a guy can dream. Or maybe we go big time college football and get some older scumbag of a person but ignore that for coaching...I'm thinking old beady eyes from Ohio state/Florida/Utah or Chuckie from Las Vegas raiders. Ethics on or off?