The former Washington State assistant will have an $350,000 base salary at UO
Oregon’s new outside linebackers coach, Ken Wilson, adds more experience to Mario Cristobal’s staff and will be paid more than his young predecessor.
Wilson signed a three-year contract on Tuesday with an annual guaranteed salary of $350,000. His career included a 23-year stint at Nevada before coaching the last six years at Washington State.
Cort Dennison, who left earlier this month to be an assistant at Louisville, had a $275,000 salary during his lone year coaching the Ducks' outside linebackers.
Wilson is the fourth Mike Leach assistant to leave Pullman for Eugene in the last four years, joining former Oregon quarterbacks coach David Yost (2016), defensive line coach Joe Salave’a (2017-present) and running backs coach Jim Mastro (2018-present).
During Wilson’s time with the Cougars, the defense improved every year in points allowed. He coached inside linebackers at Washington State, including All-Pac-12 standouts Peyton Pelluer, Jeremiah Allison and Jahad Wood.
Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt coaches Oregon’s inside linebackers, including returning star Troy Dye.
There are $125,000 in annual performance incentives in Wilson’s deal, including $10,000 if the team wins the North Division, $15,000 if the team wins the Pac-12 championship game and $15,000 if the team reaches a bowl game with at least seven wins.
With the return of quarterback Justin Herbert and the arrival of a top-five recruiting class, the Ducks will likely be the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12.