New Cal head coach Justin Wilcox reportedly hires Oregon OL coach Steve Greatwood

New Cal head coach Justin Wilcox has reportedly hired former Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.

Aaron J. Fentress of Comcast Sports Net reported on Saturday night that former Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood is to be hired as the Bears' new offensive line coach.

Greatwood would be the first hire by new head coach Justin Wilcox, who was officially announced on Saturday evening as the successor to fired head coach Sonny Dykes. A Cal football spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment or confirmation. A source close to Greatwood said it is a "done deal." 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.

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Greatwood has produced eight NFL draft picks in his most recent stint at Oregon, including second-round tackle Jake Fisher, third-round center Hroniss Grasu, first-round guard Kyle Long, sixth-round guard Mark Asper, second-round center Max Unger, fifth-round tackle Fenuki Tupou, seventh-round tackle (and brother of former Cal tackle Mitchell SchwartzGeoff Schwartz, and third-round guard Adam Snyder.

The Bears lose veteran tackle Steven Moore and veteran left guard Chris Borrayo to graduation, as well as center Dominic Granado, but return starting left tackle Aaron Cochran, utility lineman Patrick Mekari (who played in eight games last season), former four-star guard Semisi Uluave (who played in three games last season), starting center Addison Ooms, 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman tackle Jake Curhan, and part-time starting guard Dwayne Wallace (12 games played in 2016).

Upon news of Wilcox's hiring, offensive line commit Casey Roddick de-committed, and could not be reached for comment on the new hire. The Bears currently have one remaining offensive line commit in center Michael Saffell. Top Stories