Oregon coaching search: Former Tennessee assistant interviews for Ducks job, per report
Oregon is looking to fill its head coaching vacancy following Mario Cristobal’s departure for Miami, with less than a week to go until the Early Signing Period.
While UCLA head coach Chip Kelly has reportedly been targeted for a return to Eugene, the university may have its sights on another Pac-12 head coach with even stronger ties to the program. Cal head coach Justin Wilcox, a former Ducks defensive back raised near Eugene, reportedly interviewed for the position on Thursday, according to The Oregonian’s John Canzano:
Cal coach Justin Wilcox has now interviewed for the Oregon Ducks football job.
Wilcox interviewed today.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) December 9, 2021
Wilcox is a familiar name to SEC fans as he was the former defensive coordinator at Tennessee in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He departed for the same position at Washington under Steve Sarkisian, where he remained until 2013 before heading to USC with Sarkisian in 2014. After 1 year as the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, he returned to the Pac-12 as Cal’s head coach, replacing Sonny Dykes.
In 5 seasons, Wilcox is 26-28 in Berkeley, with a 15-25 conference mark.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.