Cal gives Wil­cox a new deal, with a big raise

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Jon Wil­ner, Mer­cury News

It took Cal coach Justin Wil­cox just two sea­sons to earn a new con­tract and a 50 per­cent hike in pay.

The uni­ver­sity an­nounced Thurs­day that Wil­cox has agreed to a five-year deal that re­places his ex­ist­ing agree­ment and will keep Wil­cox un­der con­tract through the 2023 sea­son.

The Bears went 7-5 this sea­son, beat No. 15 Wash­ing­ton and ended a 14-game los­ing streak against USC.

Led by a de­fense that ranks 16th in the coun­try in fewest yards al­lowed per game, the Bears will play TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 26 in Phoenix.

It’s Cal’s first post­sea­son ap­pear­ance since 2015.

“We are see­ing tremen­dous mo­men­tum and in­creased sup­port and en­gage­ment among our fac­ulty, alumni, stu­dents and fans,” ath­letic di­rec­tor Jim Knowl­ton said in a new re­lease.

“With the tra­jec­tory of the pro­gram, we be­lieve it is im­por­tant to show a con­tin­u­ing and strength­ened com­mit­ment to Justin and his staff by pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional re­sources. The re­sults of his two years have gen­er­ated in­cred­i­ble ex­cite­ment, and we are en­thu­si­as­tic about the fu­ture.”

Wil­cox was set to earn an av­er­age of $2 mil­lion over the course of the fiveyear con­tract he signed upon tak­ing the job in the win­ter of 2017.

The new deal pays him an av­er­age of $3.25 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a source, slot­ting Wil­cox in the mid­dle tier of Pac12 coaches.

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