A source confirmed that UC Irvine coach Russell Turner interviewed with Sandy Barbour this weekend at the Final Four in Dallas. But there is no word yet on when the nearly week-long coaching search will end.
Turner could not be reached for comment.
Turner joins Cal associate head coach Travis DeCuire as confirmed interviewees for the position that opened last Monday when Mike Montgomery announced his retirement.
How many other candidates Barbour talked with this weekend is unclear.
Likewise, there is no known timetable on when the process might be completed.
Turner, 43, coached UC Irvine to a 23-12 record this past season, including a 13-3 mark and regular-season co-championship in the Big West Conference. His 21-16 mark in 2012-13 was the school’s first 20-win season in 10 years.
He is 71-67 in four seasons at UCI.
Turner spent the previous six seasons on the staff of the Golden State Warriors, the first two of them under Montgomery. He was with Montgomery for four seasons at Stanford through 2004, during which time the Cardinal posted a record of 105-24, including 59-13 in the Pac-12. Stanford won two Pac-10 titles and reached the NCAA’s Elite Eight in 2001.
Turner also was assistant coach at Wake Forest for five seasons through 2000.