With the Colorado Buffaloes stuck in no man’s land after the stunning departure of Mel Tucker, they are looking at all the perceived candidates out there. There were plenty of normal candidates like Eric Bienemy, and strange ones like Bert Bielema (who just interviewed)!
#Giants OLBs coach and senior defensive assistant Bret Bielema is interviewing for the head coaching job at the University of Colorado, sources say. The former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach could be back in college.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 17, 2020
Justin Wilcox being on a list of any sort is a bit unexpected.
Sources have indicated that CU hoped to speak with (in no particular order) Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, Central Michigan head coach Jim McElwain, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson, Cal head coach Justin Wilcox, as well as current interim head coach Darrin Chiaverini.
As mentioned in the article, this move wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense for Wilcox on the surface. Colorado is one of the few programs in the Pac-12 that is financially strapped more than Cal—the Bears could almost certainly beat any offer the Buffs throw Wilcox’s way. And at this point, Colorado is in worse shape football-wise than Cal—the Buffs have made one bowl game since 2007.
Still, it sounds like Colorado will give it a shot anyway. And as college football has proven in the past, coaching offers come in the most surprising of fashion. Stay tuned.