I’ll throw out a new blog post on this since it is now becoming official that Eric Kiesau is leaving Cal to come to UW.
Cal just released this statement from coach Jeff Tedford on the departures of Tosh Lupoi and Kiesau:
“Tosh and Eric have decided to take other jobs, and we wish them the best. When people have career opportunities they make decisions based upon a wide array of reasons that are important to them. We appreciate their contributions to Cal football, and we exhausted all of our resources to try to retain Tosh and Eric within the confines and continuity of our coaching staff, but both chose to take advantage of new opportunities. We will proceed to replace them with quality coaches who will continue to stand for what the University of California and our football program represent, just as Tosh and Eric did.”
A web site that follows Cal, BearTerritory.com, reports that Kiesau is leaving to take a three-year deal at UW worth $700,000-800,000 and will be the offensive coordinator for the Huskies. (And to clarify, this could be the total on the deal, not what he would be making annually).
Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour also indicated that Cal simply couldn’t match the offers the two coaches got from UW to leave. Here’s her statement:
“Tosh and Eric are outstanding football coaches that did a terrific job during their tenures on the Cal staff. We certainly valued everything they brought to our football program and appreciate their time with us. We did all we were able to do to have them remain at Cal and appreciate our community’s willingness to assist in that effort. We remain excited and confident about the direction of Cal football under the leadership of Jeff Tedford.”
As noted earlier, UW has yet to release any official salary figures for its new assistants. Surely, though, the total will add up to a lot more than the roughly $2.3 million it paid its group of nine assistants last season.
UW has also yet to officially announce the hire of Kiesau, though it seems now like that could come at any time.
One interesting aspect of Tedford’s comment is attempting to keep the two coaches within the “continuity” of the current staff. That’s an obvious allusion to the fact that you’d probably have to give a lot of other coaches raises, as well, to keep Lupoi/Kiesau to keep everyone in line of experience/title, etc. And that’s probably something UW knew, and also UW didn’t have to contend with as much since it was basically starting over on the defensive side and could reset the entire salary structure of its defensive staff.