California Golden Bears

California hires Justin Wilcox as new head coach

California changed directions with its football program Saturday, hiring longtime college defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox as head coach to replace the offensive-minded Sonny Dykes.

Dykes was fired last Sunday after four seasons of sometimes dynamic offense combined with one of the worst defenses in the country. After earning just one bowl berth and one winning record in his tenure and angering the administration and fan base by flirting with various job openings, Dykes was fired six weeks after the end of the season.

Athletic director Mike Williams set out to find a coach who would be committed to Cal and would excite Golden Bears followers and he hopes he did just...