There are lots of reports out there that both of the vacant head coaching jobs in the Pac-12 — Cal and Colorado — may soon be filled.
The Denver Post is among those reporting that Colorado is set to hire Butch Jones of Cincinnati. There have since been reports that that news may be inaccurate or premature — we’ll see on that. Jones, though, has been thought the front-runner for the job for a few days.
FootballScoop.com, meanwhile, is reporting that Cal is set to hire Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech. That also would not be a surprise as Dykes has been thought one of the front-runners from the start.
The good news for UW in that would be that each job would be filled without either school coming after Husky defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. While Wilcox will undoubtedly be a head coach someday, and was on some media lists for each job, there were no reports ever specifically linking him with either job (or any other job so far, for that matter).
That bad news is that each hire might make Wilcox’s job that much tougher. Each runs versions of the spread offense, which caused the Huskies the most trouble this season — Dykes is off the Mike Leach tree of coaches, as detailed here.
As noted, each of these awaits official confirmation, and these days it seems you never know for sure. But each hire also makes a lot of sense if the reports are true.