For the fourth year in a row, Oregon has raided Mike Leach’s staff.
Oregon will add linebackers coach Ken Wilson from Washington State, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic. Wilson would replace Cort Dennison, who left after one season to become the co-defensive coordinator at Louisville.
Wilson joins ex-WSU coaches Joe Salave’a and Jim Mastro on Mario Cristobal’s staff.
Former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich started the run of taking assistants from Washington State when he hired David Yost as quarterbacks coach in 2016. Yost was fired along with Helfrich and spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator at Utah State before joining Matt Wells’ staff at Texas Tech last month.
Willie Taggart hired Salave’a as defensive line coach in 2017 and he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator for the Ducks last year. Cristobal added Mastro last year as running backs coach.
Wilson spent the past six seasons coaching linebackers at WSU after coaching the previous 19 years coaching at Nevada where he also worked with Mastro. He spent his final five seasons with the Wolfpack as the associate head coach/linebackers coach but previously coached safeties and defensive ends while spending three seasons as defensive coordinator.
With defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt coaching inside linebackers, Wilson is expected to focus on the outside linebackers.
Oregon returns La’Mar Winston as a starter on the outside with junior Keith Simms and sophomore Adrian Jackson among the contenders to start on the other side.