Cal coaching search updates

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday January 10, 2017

This page will update throughout Cal’s coaching search with the latest news and reports. Bookmark this page, and stay tuned to the Coaching Search Ticker.


- Justin Wilcox has accepted the head coaching job, according to ESPN.


- Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports Cal is negotiating a contract to make Justin Wilcox its head coach.


- Another name to keep in mind is Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson.

- A source tells CoachingSearch that Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is a strong candidate for the Cal head coaching job.

- Derek Mason tweets that he is staying at Vanderbilt, following a report Cal could have interest in him.

- Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports Cal may have interest in Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason for their head coaching job, and another sitting head coach is in the mix. Feldman adds that Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has interviewed for the job.


- ESPN reports interim head coach / offensive coordinator Jake Spavital will interview for the Cal head coaching job on Tuesday. 247Sports adds that other expected interviews include Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and Washington co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake. 

- Fox Sports lists potential candidates including Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox, USC OC Tee Martin, interim head coach Jake Spavital, Washington co-DC Jimmy Lake and Chip Kelly.


- Sonny Dykes will be owed more than $5 million in buyout, set to offset by money he earns at any job over the next three years, according to the LA Times.

- Here are 6 factors to keep in mind for the Cal coaching search.


- Sonny Dykes has been dismissed.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to