http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1744196-four-months-for-th...A Cal football official has confirmed to BearTerritory that the full-time assistants -- offensive line coach Brandon Jones, special teams coordinator Mark Tommerdahl, safeties coach Greg Burns, cornerbacks coach John Lovett, defensive line coach Fred Tate and running backs coach Garret Chachere -- will not be retained.
Strength and conditioning coach Damon Harrington, the official said, will also not be retained. The contracts of the defensive coaches ran through April 30, 2017.
Aaron J. Fentress of Comcast Sports Net has reported that former Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood is to be hired as the Bears' new offensive line coach. Greatwood started his career as a graduate assistant in Eugene for two years, before moving to coach the offensive line from 1982-94. He then went to the NFL to coach the St. Louis Rams tight ends in 1995, and the Rams' offensive line in 1996, before a one-year stint coaching the offensive line at Maryland. He then coached the USC offensive line from 1998-99, before returning to Oregon to coach defensive line from 2000-04, before taking over the offensive line in 2005, a position he held until the end of this season. He was named the National Offensive Line Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 2008.
A Cal football official could not be immediately reached for comment on Greatwood's hiring.
Wilcox, a Cal linebackers coach from 2003-05, will now go about assembling the rest of his new staff, but he has already begun to call the current players, with offensive tackle Jake Curhan, defensive end Evan Weaver and cornerback Darius Allensworth each reporting on Twitter that they had spoken with the new skipper.
A Cal Athletics spokesman said that Wilcox wanted to speak with all players, in person, before his 11 a.m. press conference on Tuesday, the day classes are set to begin for the spring term.
With the departure of Jones, Bears offensive line commit Casey Roddick, who committed on Nov. 20, has opened up his recruitment. Three of Cal's commits -- wide receiver Jeremiah Hawkins and cornerbacks Je'Quari Godfrey and Michael Onyemaobi -- are on official visits this weekend, with Hawkins visiting Nebraska, Godfrey visiting USC and Onyemaobi visiting UNLV. Onyemaobi also received an offer from the Cornhuskers on Friday, and is scheduled to visit the Bears this coming weekend.