According to ESPN, Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin has reportedly accepted an offer to become the head football coach for Cal Poly. After a 2018 season in which Baldwin led Cal’s offense to a poor season, the Bears finished 116th out of 130 FBS teams in points per game with 21.5. The unit regressed even more in scoring output in 2019, finishing with just 20.1 points per game heading into the Redbox Bowl.
Many fans have called for Baldwin’s firing in hopes of bringing the offense up to par with Cal’s strong defense, but multiple outlets have reported that Baldwin will leave of his own accord. Coaching at Cal Poly would mark Baldwin’s return to the Big Sky Conference for the first time since 2016, during the final season of his nine-year stint with Eastern Washington before coming to Cal in 2017. Baldwin will reportedly replace former Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh, who retired upon the completion of this season.
Although Cal’s offense showed signs of life this season against the likes of Ole Miss and UCLA, the unit has been wildly inconsistent, as Utah posted its first Pac-12 shut out in its 35-0 win over Cal. The Bears have plenty of talent on the current roster and in the incoming recruiting class, so Cal fans should pay close attention to the now-vacant offensive coordinator position in the coming days and weeks.
As of press time, Cal Athletics could not be reached for comment. Check back for updates.