California head coach Justin Wilcox encourages his players during game Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Oregon. An Oregon alum, Wilcox was offered the head coaching job in Eugene after the 2021 season but instead elected to remain in Berkeley.

Andy Nelson, Associated Press

Editor’s note: First in a series of articles examining each of the Pac-12 football teams heading into the 2022 season.

After last season, California coach Justin Wilcox was offered the job at Oregon, his alma mater, but he opted to remain with the Golden Bears. 

Wilcox signed a contract extension through the 2027 season. 

“Justin Wilcox is a football coach who shares our values and vision, and we want to ensure that he is the leader of our program for the long term,” Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton said last January. “He is a great fit for Cal Athletics and our university, with a philosophy that places an emphasis on developing young men on the field, in the classroom and as people.”

A year ago, Cal posted a 5-7 record but did earn wins over rivals Stanford and USC. The Golden Bears lost five games by a touchdown or less. 

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“We need to learn the lessons from the past. Last year taught us a lot of lessons,” Wilcox told the Pac-12 Network. “It’s how close these games can be and the margins of winning and losing in our conference are so small. I thought the urgency in the offseason was evident.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

Pac-12 preview: Cal coach Justin Wilcox chose to remain with Bears rather than accept Oregon head coach job

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