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Golden Nuggets: Find Out How Wilcox Gets To Work

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Persistence pays off for Savannah Rennie and Joanne Boyle.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Cal at Washington Photo by Jesse Beals/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images


“There’s an anonymity to coach at Cal and being in the Bay Area that suits him perfectly. He’s all about the players. He’s not a self-promoter. He’ll do that (media) stuff, but he views it as a necessary evil.”

Wilcox owns one car — it’s 30 years old — and has taken BART to work during stretches of his tenure in Berkeley.

He’s an avid reader, especially with regard to books on leadership.

And when Wilcox vacations, he vacations: He leaves the country and tunes out.

“He has the best work-life balance of all the coaches I’ve ever worked with,’’ McGraw said.

Which meshes perfectly with the campus culture: It cannot be football and only football for the players.

In order to thrive in Berkeley, they must fit academically and socially.

Same with the head coach.

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Beat the Rebels!