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Cal Reportedly Will Hire Barry Sacks As Defensive Line Coach

The California Golden Bears continue to round out their coaching staff, as Andy Buh will bring Nevada defensive line coach Barry Sacks with him in the same capacity at Cal.

Ezra Shaw

Andy Buh has made what looks like his second big move as Cal's defensive coordinator. After grabbing Randy Stewart from Fresno State to serve as Cal's defensive backs coach, Buh seems to have found his man for defensive line coach in Nevada's Barry Sacks (wow, what a name for a D-line coach).

Sacks coached alongside Buh during his two year stint at Nevada as their defensive coordinator in 2010-11. Nevada has had some good run defenses during Sacks's tenure with the Wolf Pack. Although they were not very good at defending anything in 2012, they ranked as a top 25 unit in run defense from 2008 to 2010.

Additionally, during that 2008-10 stretch, it was Nevada's defensive line racking up all the sacks; the top two pass rushers each of the last five years for Wolf Pack have originated from Nevada's front four. Wouldn't it be nice to get pressure with the guys at the front rather than having to always rely on the linebackers?

Sacks has been involved with the defensive line in some capacity from 2003 to 2012 at Nevada. He's moved around all over the place in coaching the D-line, including some co-defensive coordinator responsibilities from 2004-2006 (and he wasn't all that bad; in his final season Nevada had a top-30 defense).

Sacks has developed players like Dontay Moch and Kevin Basped into great pass rushers and NFL-caliber talent and also worked with other solid players like Brett Roy, Ezra Butler, Jorge Cordova, Derek Kennard Jr., and Nick Fuhr. Not a bad list for a WAC defense.

Sacks is also known for recruiting the California area, particularly Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley. The biggest feather in his cap is being the primary recruiter for Colin Kaepernick.

Welcome to Cal, Barry! GO BEARS!