Oregon State officials plan to make Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin their next head coach, sources told FootballScoop Friday.
Cal plays their final regular season game tonight while Oregon State closes their season tomorrow at Oregon. Baldwin is not expected to formally agree or be formally announced until Oregon State’s season is complete.
When the move becomes official, Oregon State will become the first FBS program to fill its head coaching opening in the 2017-18 cycle. The job has been on the market since Gary Andersen abruptly resigned on Oct. 9.
Baldwin, 45, is in his first season at Berkeley, and prior to that served as the head coach at Eastern Washington from 2008-16 and as head coach at Division II Central Washington in 2007. He went 10-3 in his one season at Central Washington, and then 85-32 with Eastern Washington. Playing on their trademark red field, Baldwin guided the Eagles to six FCS playoffs appearances in his nine seasons, including a national championship in 2010 and three trips to the FCS semifinals, including as recently as 2016.
At Oregon State, Baldwin is set to inherit a program that is 1-10 this season and last played in a bowl game in 2013.
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