Cal names Wisconsin DC Wilcox as next head coach


Cal names Wisconsin DC Wilcox as next head coach

Update Jan. 14, 2017 (3:53 p.m.): Cal has officially announced Justin Wilcox as the school's next head football coach.


The University of California, Berkeley has reached an agreement with Wisconsin's defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to be the team's next head football coach, according to a national report. 

Wilcox, 40, was a linebackers coach at Cal from 2003 to 2005. He has been a defensive coordinator for the past 11 seasons while serving at Wisconsin (2016), USC (2014-15), Washington (2012-13), Tennessee(2010-11) and Boise State (2006-09).

During Cal's 5-7 2016 season, the defense was a clear low-point on the team. Cal allowed the second-most points per game (42.6) in the nation for the FBS and tied for the third-most yards allowed per game (518).

In comparison, Wisconsin, who finished 11-3 and won the Big Ten-West, was the opposite of Cal on the defensive side of the ball last season. Wisconsin's 15.5 points per game were the fourth-fewest in the FBS and the Badgers finished with the seventh-fewest yards allowed per game, at 303.

This would be Wilcox's first job as a head coach. He would replace Sonny Dykes, who served as the team's head coach the last four seasons. 

Wilcox is reportedly signing a five-year deal with Cal. 

Brett McMurphy of ESPN was first to report the news of Wilcox agreeing to a deal with Cal.

With the hiring of Wilcox, interim head coach Jake Spavital will not stay in Berkeley. Spavital, who spent the 2016-17 season as Cal's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, is reportedly headed to West Virginia as the Mountaineers' new offensive coordinator, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports. The 31-year-old was West Virginia's quarterbacks coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.


California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.


California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital


Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report