UPDATE: 247Sports is now reporting it’s a done deal.
Justin Wilcox sure does know how to work his coaching network. The California Golden Bears head coach is reportedly targeting Nevada offensive line coach Angus McClure for Cal’s own vacancy. FootballScoop first reported the news. Wilcox appears to be set to offer McClure the position.
I first thought Cal would target McClure when Wilcox was first hired, but landing on a coach like Steve Greatwood is a pretty good consolation price. Now on the second go-around, it seems like Wilcox will go with the local coach to keep the Cal offensive line moving in the right direction.
The first benefit to Cal targeting Angus is recruiting. McClure was head of UCLA’s recruiting operations for over a decade, and helped guide the Bruins to land consistent top 25 recruiting classes over the years.
The second benefit is local. McClure is native to the Bay Area, has coached before at Sacramento State, and appears to want to finish his career in the Bay. In terms of finding someone local who can provide continuity, McClure seems like a pretty good option, and can work on continuing to repair many local relationships neglected from the previous regime.
On the flip side, there are some concerns about his offensive line coaching ability. Neither Nevada nor UCLA produced great offenses when he was a line coach. But he has had to marry himself to multiple offensive schemes (the Air Raid with Mumme, the Pistol with Norm Chow), he had very little quarterback stability with the Bruins (Kevin Craft! Kevin Prince! Richard Brehaut!). He had a better time as a defensive line coach with Jim Mora. Hopefully a seasoned offensive line and working with a professional face like Bill Musgrave will provide more stability.
Cal fans, your thoughts on this name?