Cal gives Wilcox a new deal, with a big raise
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.