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Basketball: Ex-Cal coach Ben Braun out at Rice

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Former Cal coach Ben Braun is out at Rice after a 7-23 season.

Rice athletic director Joe Karlgaard said it was Braun’s decision to depart after six seasons and a record of 63-128.

“Ben and I met this morning to review the program and at that time he expressed to me his decision to resign as our head coach,” Karlgaard said in a statement. “I want to thank Ben for his hard work during his time at Rice.”

The news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle, then confirmed by ESPN.

Braun, 60, spent six seasons at the Houston school after being fired at Cal, and was hindered in recent years by player defections. The Owels were 2-14 in Conference USA this season, 3-29 in league play the past two years.

Braun came to Berkeley for the 1996-97 season and immediately gave credibility to a program that faced an NCAA investigation under Todd Bozeman.

The Bears were 23-9 in Braun’s debut season, reaching the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.

Braun took Cal to the NCAA four more times and won the 1999 NIT postseason title. But he was fired after the 2007-08 season as the Bears missed the NCAAs for the fourth time in five seasons.

Braun was 219-154 in 12 seasons at Cal.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Rollonubears

    that’s spectacularly bad. you almost have to try to have that bad of a conference record.