California has reportedly reached a five-year deal with former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to be its next head coach. Just before that news broke, reports leaked out that Bears offensive coordinator and interim head coach Jake Spavital, would be returning to become the offensive coordinator at West Virginia. The Wilcox news was broken by Bruce Feldman of FOX. The Spavital piece was originally reported by Brett McMurphy, of ESPN.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1745110-wilcox-in-negotiat...BearTerritory sources said on Friday night that while a deal with Wilcox was imminent, they could not independently confirm. Spavital has not returned texts and calls over the last two days. One source inside the program confirmed that players had been informed that Spavital was gone. A Cal official contacted for comment did not respond.
Running back commit Biaggio Ali-Walsh did say that he is still committed, via text. Center commit Michael Saffell texted that he's "trying to figure out more details right now," and had only found out minutes before he was contacted.
Wilcox began negotiations with Cal early Thursday afternoon, after having breakfast with Spavital that morning. While some in the administration had hoped that Wilcox would retain Spavital as an offensive coordinator to facilitate a transition, sources speculated that he may want to bring in his own coordinator to run what is expected to be a pro-style offensive set, rather than the spread-minded Spavital.
Former UC Davis head coach and longtime Bears running backs coach Ron Gould has been mentioned as a possible running backs coach. He was relieved of his duties at Davis this season, and is currently unattached. Gould recruited and coached Jahvid Best, Justin Forsett, C.J. Anderson, Shane Vereen and Marshawn Lynch, the latter being a close friend and mentor to Ali-Walsh.
Spavital this year produced the nation's No. 4 passing offense, run by NFL Draft prospect Davis Webb and featuring early-draft-entrant Chad Hansen. The Bears averaged 6.93 yards per passing attempt, 11.24 yards pre completion, threw 37 touchdowns and averaged 358.8 yards per game through the air. Cal was 10th in the nation in total offense (513.2 yards per game) and 22nd in scoring offense (37.1 ppg).
Spavital, who was a candidate for the head coaching job at Cal and interviewed on Tuesday night, would be returning to the Mountaineers, where he served as quarterbacks coach under Dana Holgorsen in 2011 and 2012, and where he met his wife.null