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Who Will Be Cal's Next Head Coach?

After going just 19-30 with one bowl appearance in four seasons, Sonny Dykes has been fired as the head coach of the Cal Golden Bears. The offensive guru did his job to build an explosive scoring attack, but Cal constantly ranked among the worst in the nation in terms of defense. With the defensive issues leading to Dykes’ dismissal, expect Cal to take a long hard look at defensive coaches to fix that side of the ball.

The first candidate that comes to mind is Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. Wilcox was Cal’s linebacker coach for three years in the mid-2000s and the Golden Bears faced his defense while he was the DC of USC in 2014 and 2015. Wilcox is a great defensive mind and fantastic recruiter, though a bad 2015 campaign with the Trojans sticks out like a sore thumb.

It’s hard to deny that interim head coach Jake Spavital should get serious consideration for the job. Though Spavital is just 31, he is a third-generation coach and is looked at as one of the best young minds in the college football coaching ranks. During his tenures with West Virginia, Texas A&M and Cal, he has proven that he can recruit extremely well. This may not be the sexiest choice but could be the best case for the program moving forward.

And, you can’t talk about a college football job without talking about Chip Kelly. It would be foolish of Cal to not at least reach out to Kelly, as he has proven to be an innovative offensive genius at the college level (not so much in the NFL). Kelly went 46-7 in four seasons as the head coach of Oregon, which includes a spectacular 33-3 Pac-12 record. It’s also worth noting that the Ducks’ defense was actually pretty good when Kelly was the coach in Eugene.

Who Will be the Next Head Coach of the Cal Golden Bears?

Odds as of January 12 at Bovada

  • Justin Wilcox +150
  • Chip Kelly +250
  • Jake Spavital +300
  • Tee Martin +450
  • Les Miles +600