Jul 27, 2021; Hollywood, CA, USA; California Bears head coach Justin Wilcox speaks with the media during the Pac-12 football Media Day at the W Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon Ducks find themselves in an impromptu head coaching search after Mario Cristobal decided to leave to take the Miami job. While there have been a lot of big names thrown around, like Lane Kiffin and Chip Kelly, it’s much more likely that the Ducks will have to invest in a younger coach looking to make their legacy rather than one who already has one.

We know that the school has talked to BYU’s Kalani Sitake. Wednesday, Oregonian reporter John Canzano said that the school had asked permission to interview Cal Golden Bears assistant coach Justin Wilcox about the position as well.

Wilcox is the kind of candidate who checks a lot of boxes for Oregon. Born in Eugene, Wilcox played for the Ducks in the late 90s before transitioning over to coaching. He’s moved amongst some of the biggest programs in the country, including Boise State, Tennessee, Washington, USC, and Wisconsin, spending a solid decade as defensive coordinator at many of those stops. He took over as the head coach at Cal in 2017 to middling results so far. Despite an 8-5 season in 2019, he’s 26-28 in five seasons in Berkeley. But if he had the resources available at his alma mater, would that help him get to the next level?

That’s the big question for Oregon as they speak with him about the opening. And it’s also what a lot of college football folks are wondering about on social media.

There are a lot of strong opinions out there about the Ducks coaching search and Wilcox’s bona fides. In the meantime, Canzano has also said that Oregon is talking with “at least two other candidates” and “one of those is in the NFL,” which is sure to spark some intrigue as well.

We’re guessing we’ll see a conclusion to the Oregon head coaching search soon. Then, the coaching search for the school that the coach just left can begin!

[John Canzano]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.