Adding another 4 years to the deal and more money for assistant coaches
Anyone who has shown as much of a commitment to Cal and the program as Wilcox has earned my full support, and I have a lot more faith that a coach dedicated to the program can turn things around. Compare that to Dykes, who had similar on-field results, but was actively hitting up other programs with the "hey, you guys hiring?" stuff. Wilcox could have used Cal like a stepping stone the way his predecessor would have (given the opportunity), but he didn't. He deserves the raise and he deserves institutional support.
Only the Soviet Union had more failed Five Year Plans than Cal. It's kinda refreshing to give a football coach more than five years to build the foundation, cultivate relationships with the HS recruits we want, and figure out how to get Cal from mediocrity to excellence. Like everyone, I got frustrated by the close losses, but on the macro level, I have a feeling that if Cal steps up in the other areas outside of the coaching, that Cal football can be successful under Wilcox. Call it a hunch, but I think he's going to be someone we'll look at as being a success.
Wilcox getting increased money for his assistants is the best part. He dealt for not his paycheck. He understands what he needs to be successful. Now surround himself with better assistants on offense (in future).
I'm very pleased with this news. I will look forward to learning more about how the additional pool of dollars for assistant coaches helps us going forward, and likewise with an increased administrative budget. Change doesn't happen at CAL overnight, but a steady hand on the helm will guide us to a better place over time. I agree that Wilcox is the guy that has all the attributes to be that helmsman.
I'm going to interpret "very high expectations" in Coach Wilcox's quote thusly...
high expectations = win the Pac-12 North
very high expectations = Pac 12 champion/Rose Bowl
THIS IS GOOD (emphasis mine)
How do we know that Wilcox didn't turn down the Oregon job for non football reasons? Maybe he really likes his lifestyle here and the Bay Area in general. I lived in Walnut Creek for 20 years and loved every minute of it. I was always prepared to turn down more prestigious and higher paying offers to less desirable places like our company HQ in Detroit.
Wilcox has had five years to stamp his identity here, and I don't see it changing much despite a pay bump and a 4-year extension. Expect more unimaginative offense and ugly, close games that his defenses will be expected to carry to victory in the waning moments of the game. Sometimes it will work, and sometimes it won't. About 50 percent of the time as history shows. In the meantime, who is going to put butts in Memorial?
Clean program, mediocre results. Hard to know how much Cal is holding him back. With this and the improved incentives for assistants it sounds like Cal's investing enough for us to find out.
Good news. The past 2 covid-related seasons have been rough. With the institutional support and inertia of continuity we can get to a better place. Ad astra.
I wonder what the terms of the buyout and early termination are.
I think a 4 year extension is a bit much for a coach who has never had a winning Pac 12 season and has an overall losing Pac 12 record. 2 years would seem appropriate. Justin Wilcox is about to get a 10 year rebuild window, that is just hard to believe and a big gamble in modern CFB, I hope the gamble pays off.
I am happy we got more money for assistants.
Congrats Wilcox now let's make some noise!
Now, how do we break down the administrative issues that hold Cal football back? I don't believe that dysfunction is inevitable, but to make change and get healthy, you've gotta recognize that you're sick.
Just for fun would like to propose incentive for unusual things --
1. Added pay for everyone if Cal signs at least five four stars in a class, or four four stars and a five star (etc.)
2. Added pay or a reduced buy out if we get to top bowl games (different for each bowl game), with an added incentive if there is a victory.
3. Added incentives for yearly victories over Stanford.
4. Added incentives if a player is a Heisman Trophy winner.
5. Added incentives if a player is drafted #1 (like Goff).
Took less than minute in drafting this. Would love to see some other ideas. I know this is a creative group! Extra points if the suggestion is funny.
Looking at it objectively, this is somewhat of a headscratcher. Kind of like what SC did with Helton a few years ago. But then look at Kelly and UCLA! He started off getting higher pay and will continue to get more than Wilcox. But I think this just the new operating environment where you have to pay more for a decent coach and megabucks for an excellent coach. If you don't extend Wilcox, then what do you do?