Definitely seemed like a very complex decision.
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The idea that this was a complex decision is nonsense. I have no doubt that Wilcox looked a the total picture and said to himself, "This job is not for me." And he communicated that thought to Oregon's AD.
When Oregon tried to change the terms under which he could be head coach, it would not surprise me to find that Wilcox achieved even greater clarity in turning down the job. Maybe the trust factor entered into it at that point and it became a bridge too far.
"Wilcox has erred toward fit at Cal, likely due to the nature of the university, and likely because straying away from fit is what sunk his old boss, Jeff Tedford."
Wilcox has a bias toward fit, but I'd call it a conscious decision, not an error.
So Wilcox turned down Oregon job because he didn't see it as fit for him. It doesn't necessarily mean Wilcox stayed because he loves to be in Berkeley. So if another job opens up and they give Wilcox favorable offer, will he leave?
Very interesting. Wilcox stuck with his moral compass, even though the job was at his alma mater. While there is some pressure to win at Cal, there is nothing like the superheated Oregon atmosphere.
The sometimes intertwined sagas unfolding in Eugene & Berkeley have grabbed a lot of attention, but the issues are a balancing act that most coaches and most schools, and not just at the FBS level, are juggling to an ever increasing degree. For that matter, a good number of high school programs as well. And its only going to increase. There are Ws at stake, and there are $s, big and increasingly bigger $s in many cases. And a lot of people, careers, families, the institution in general, etc...
Its no where close to new, but it is both escalating, and like most things, are more in view than ever. And seemingly every change (NIL, transfer rules, entrance requirements, media deals, ... all intended to right some wrong or enhance something) compounds and complicates things further. In the not so distant future, this particular episode will probably look tame and simple compared to what we are hearing about at that time. I really do feel for what these ADs and Coaches and other concerned parties are trying to manage.
This must have been a really tough decision for Wilcox. There's so many changes happening in CFB...I can't imagine in 5 years what the landscape will look like. I'm very glad he's here with the Bears.
Does any other school impose the limitations Oregon tried to impose on Wilcox and apparently now does upon their current coach, Lanning. I bet Alabama has the same policy, unofficially, but it is self-imposed by Saban and not formally by the university.