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Cal hired Eastern Washington HC Beau Baldwin to serve as offensive coordinator.

Baldwin takes over for Jake Spavital, who is moving on to tackle the offensive-coordinating position at West Virginia. With Eastern Washington (he served as head coach for nine season), Baldwin's offenses were about as explosive as they come. In the FCS ranks, the Eagles finished third in points scored in 2016, posting 42.36 on average. That wasn't even their most potent season in recent memory, as they finished first in the FCS in scoring back in 2014. We love the hire, as it provides a perfect yin to the defensive yang of new HC Justin Wilcox (formerly Wisconsin's defensive coordinator).
Jan 16 - 6:32 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman hears that Cal is interested in hiring Eastern Washington HC Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator.

In early December, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported that Baldwin was a candidate for the open head-coaching position at Nevada which ultimately went to Jay Norvall. While Cal has already filled their lead position, swapping out Sonny Dykes for Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox, Baldwin would make for a supremely intriguing offensive coordinator hire. At Eastern Washington this past season, Baldwin's crew averaged 42.36 points on average and amassed 7,414 total yards.
Jan 16 - 4:32 PM

Cal reached a verbal agreement with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to hire him as head coach.

Wilcox will receive a five-year contract. The 40-year-old spent the past season as the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin (2016). He's also been the DC at USC (2014-15), Washington (2012-13), Tennessee (2010-11) and Boise State (2006-09). Prior to all that, Wilcox was a Cal assistant from 2003-2005. His homecoming represents a drastic sea change for the Golden Bears, who turn the program over to a defensive-minded coach after firing the Air Raid-specialist Sonny Dykes on Sunday (19-30 across four seasons). Wisconsin ranked No. 4 in points allowed per game allowed and No. 7 in yards allowed per game this past season. Cal ranked No. 127 and No. 125 in those categories, respectively.
Source: ESPN
Jan 14 - 10:11 AM

ESPN reports that Cal offered Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox its head-coaching job.

Per the report, Wilcox is in negotiations with the school. Wilcox, a Cal assistant from 2003 to 2005, would replace Sonny Dykes, who was fired on Sunday. The 40-year-old Wilcox has been the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin (2016), USC (2014-15), Washington (2012-13), Tennessee (2010-11) and Boise State (2006-09).
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 3:05 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Cal is in negotiations with Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox regarding their open head-coaching position.

Wilcox, 40, has experience in the Pac-12, having previously worked as defensive coordinator for Steve Sarkisian at both Washington and USC. He also played his college ball at Oregon. Should he move on to take that Cal head-coaching position, it will mark the end of a fantastically successful one-and-out season coaching Wisconsin's defense. During the past campaign, the Badgers held the opposition to a scant 15.57 points per contest. That mark was good for seventh-best in the country.
Jan 12 - 8:53 PM

Yahoo's Pat Forde reports that "all eyes" are on Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox for the Cal HC opening.

Wilcox was also mentioned as a leading candidate by Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, who first reported the firing of former Bears HC Sonny Dykes. The 40-year-old Wilcox is off a sensational campaign as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator. Wilcox is a West Coast guy, though. He played at Oregon and was the defensive coordinator under Steve Sarkisian at both Washington and USC. The fit makes sense, especially if Cal is looking for Dykes' opposite. Chip Kelly, Les Miles, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and interim HC/2016 OC Jake Spavital have also been tossed around as Dykes replacements.
Jan 8 - 3:41 PM

An NFL executive singled out Cal senior QB Davis Webb as the sleeper quarterback of the class.

The exec answered Webb when asked which quarterback in this class could be the next Dak Prescott, saying: "This is a tough one. I think Webb will go earlier than people think. When you really study him, he's pretty good. I think he'll gain some ground with a good Senior Bowl, too. He might not make it to the middle rounds." Webb threw for 4,295 yards with a 37/12 TD/INT ratio in 12 games this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 6 - 3:07 PM

Cal redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder only produced at the FBS level for one season, but boy did he make it count. Hansen finished No. 3 in the country in receptions per game (9.2) and No. 4 in receiving yards per game (124.9), posting a 92-1,249-11 line in sum. For that, Hansen was selected first-team all-Pac-12 by the Associated Press. CBS only ranked Hansen as the No. 18 receiver in the 2018 class, but we'd submit that he's better than that. Hansen is big, fast (4.4s forty), productive and shows superb hands and body control on the gridiron. If he keeps improving, we see in Hansen a potential strong No. 2 NFL receiver. Now that he's left Cal, freshman All-American Demetrius Robertson (50 catches and seven TD this year) will ascend to the No. 1 role in this pass-happy offense.
Jan 4 - 7:12 PM

Cal fired DC Art Kaufman.

"We thank Art for the progress he was able to help our program make," HC Sonny Dykes said in a statement, "but we have decided that we need to go in a different direction and find new leadership at defensive coordinator." Under Kaufman's guidance this season, the Golden Bears were anything but golden on the defensive front, surrendering 42.58 points on average. Among FBS teams, only Texas Tech (43.50) proved less effective. For his part, Kaufman -- who had served as Cal's defensive coordinator each of the past three seasons -- graciously referred to his time in the program as "an honor and a pleasure." No word as of yet where Dykes might next turn to fill the vacancy left by Kaufman's exit.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 04:21:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg relays that Eastern Washington HC Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt OC Andy Ludwig are candidates to fill the open head-coaching position at Nevada.

While Rittenberg singled out Baldwin and Ludwig, he notes that other candidates are also possibilities to replace the ousted Brian Polian. Polian and the Wolfpack had a mutual parting of ways following this past weekend's regular-season wrap-up against UNLV. They won that one 45-10 to finish with a 5-7 record. Nevada held a 23-27 record over the past four seasons with Polian at the helm. Rittenberg writes that the program would like to have settled upon its new head coach by next Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Cal senior QB Davis Webb completed 32 of 48 attempts for 301 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 36-10 win over UCLA.

Cal finishes the season 5-7, while UCLA closes the year 4-8. We aren't calling Webb No. 1 pick material, but it is interesting to note that the offense did not fall off a cliff after Jared Goff's departure. Webb has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:17:00 AM

Cal senior QB Davis Webb completed 32-of-48 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over UCLA.

This wasn't one of Webb's flashier games this season, but he got the job done nonetheless. This was the 6-foot-5, 209-pound senior's 10th game with at least 300 yards passing. His superlative work will fall in vain, though, as Cal has cratered out with a five-game losing streak that will deprive them of potential bowl glory. Webb is off to the NFL Draft, now, having thrown for 4,295 yards with a 37/12 TD/INT ratio in 12 games this season.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:04:00 PM

Cal senior RB Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 116 yards on 29 carries in Saturday's 36-10 win over UCLA.

Muhammad paced the Golden Bears in Saturday's victory, averaging 4.0 YPC with a long run of 14 yards. This kind of low-grade acceptability is actually an improvement on what he had been doing of late. In his previous three games, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound senior had rushed for a combined 97 yards. Saturday's trip over the century mark was his third of the season.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 10:55:00 PM

Cal redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen caught 10 passes for 156 yards in Saturday's 36-10 win over UCLA.

Hansen averaged a juicy 15.6 yards per reception in the victory. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout will not be able to showcase his talents in a postseason bowl berth, however, as Saturday's win merely improved the Golden Bears' record to 5-7. Hansen has been a beautiful performer when healthy this season, finishing the campaign having caught 92 passes for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games played.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 10:46:00 PM

Cal senior QB Davis Webb completed 34-of-57 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 45-31 loss to Stanford.

Webb hooked up with Chad Hansen for scores in the first and fourth quarters. He has surpassed 300 yards passing in eight of 11 games this season. For the campaign as a whole, the 6-foot-5, 209-pound senior has thrown for 3,994 yards with a 35/12 TD/INT ratio. His has been a statistically successful campaign, but it hasn't led to many wins. With Saturday's defeat, Cal fell to 4-7. Their final game of the season will come against UCLA.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:30:00 PM


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