There have been tons of rumors about the potential of Tosh Lupoi rejoining Justin Wilcox as the Cal defensive coordinator, but at the moment it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen, at least according to Bruce Feldman.
Lupoi would've been a huge get for new #Cal staff.. he's got big recruiting ties out west & has helped Bama lead nation in sacks past 2 yrs.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 16, 2017
We can all guess as to why Cal wasn’t able to get Lupoi as a defensive coordinator, but you’d have to figure it has to do with money. Lupoi currently makes over half a million dollars as an Alabama assistant and co-defensive coordinator. Cal’s last two defensive coordinators made about half a million dollars.
If Nick Saban wanted to make a concerted effort to keep Lupoi, it’s likely he would win or come very close to matching any bidding war. Lupoi has been one of Alabama’s best recruiters since arriving there and has helped the Tide build one of the best defenses in college football.
The Cal defensive coordinator title would be tantalizing, but Justin Wilcox might have to get a high bid out there to get Lupoi, and there are other good candidates out there who Wilcox can probably get. It’s not confirmed as of yet, but don’t expect that Lupoi-to-Cal rumor we’ve all been anticipating since Wilcox was hired.
UPDATE: Also worth noting: Feldman reports that Lupoi was offered the Cal defensive coordinator job by Sonny Dykes after dismissing Art Kaufman, and it looks like he couldn’t get it done.
He has turned down several opportunities with Power 5 schools to be a defensive coordinator in recent years, and word is that one of those times was an offer from former Cal coach Sonny Dykes to return to Berkeley.
Regarding Dykes offering the job, you do wonder about a couple of things:
- If Dykes had managed to bring Lupoi in as a defensive coordinator, would he still be here?
- Was Dykes’s job security too disqualifying for Lupoi, who would have to worry about his own job security?
- Given the multiple decisions to turn down Power 5 DC hires, does Lupoi want to be a defensive coordinator? Or does he want to take it one step further and start his career as a college head coach?
Lots of questions worth pondering, but in the end Cal is still without a defensive coordinator.