Cal Football: Head Coach Justin Wilcox Signs Contract Extension Through 2023

Justin Wilcox has a 14-14 record in two years as Cal's head coachPhoto by James Snook - USA TODAY Sports

New deal reportedly pays Wilcox about $3.25 million annually

Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox, who will be leading the Golden Bears into the Cheez-It Bowl later this month, has signed a new five-year contract that runs through the 2023 season.

The new package adds two years to Wilcox's original agreement signed in 2017.

The new deal pays Wilcox an average of $3.25 million per year, according to John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News. That puts Wilcox in the middle tier of Pac-12 coaches' salaries.

The contract includes an increase of approximately $600,000 for the compensation pool for coordinators and assistants.

In his original contract, signed when he became Cal's head coach, Wilcox was scheduled to earn $9.58 million over five seasons -- around $1.9 million a year, according to CaliforniaGoldenBlogs, which provided a breakdown of that deal. That contract gave Wilcox a $250,000 bonus for a seven-win season, which he achieved this year.

Cal finished the 2018 regular season with a 7-5 overall record, including 4-5 in the Pac-12. That was an improvement over Cal’s first season under Wilcox in 2017, when the Bears went 5-7 overall and 2-7 in the conference.

This season the Bears defeated eventual Pac-12 champion Washington 12-10, and ended a 14-game losing streak by beating the Trojans 15-14 in Los Angeles.

"I want to thank Chancellor Christ and Jim Knowlton for their trust and confidence in me, as well as in our staff, to lead our team," Wilcox said in a statement. "They share our collective vision for Cal football, and together we are building a program that makes our university and greater Golden Bear community proud on and off the field. I am thrilled to be the head football coach at Cal and have the opportunity to work with quality student-athletes every day. I am excited about our future in Berkeley."

Athletic director Jim Knowlton also provided a statement:

"Justin is a great representative of our University, and he is building a football program centered around character, purpose and developing the entire student-athlete," Knowlton said. "We are seeing tremendous momentum and increased support and engagement among our faculty, alumni, students and fans. 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."

Cal is first in the Pac-12 in interceptions (17), turnovers gained (24) and team passing efficiency defense (112.70), as well as second in passing yards allowed (187.1 yards per game), and third in scoring defense (21.2 points per game), total defense (319.4 yards per game) and rushing defense (132.3 yards per game).

Cal is tied for fourth in the nation in defensive touchdowns with five.

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Jake Curtis
Jake Curtis


Some coaches say that is more important than head coach's salary


Very happy to see that the funds for the assistant pool were increased significantly. This might be the most important part of the whole deal.