Xavier’s Chris Mack is out as a candidate to become the next Cal basketball coach, and two sources said that former Warriors coach Eric Musselman is not the frontrunner, either.
Mack, 44, decided Saturday to remain at Xavier, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, after guiding the Musketeers to four NCAA tournaments in his five seasons, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.
Musselman, who resigned as assistant coach at Arizona State on Monday, was immediately tabbed in a CBS Sports story as Cal’s latest target. This newspaper confirmed that Musselman was interviewed by athletic director Sandy Barbour.
But two other sources, one of them from within the Cal athletic department and the other with knowledge of the process, both said that contact was early in the search and that Musselman, 49, no longer is an active candidate.
Nearly two weeks after Mike Montgomery retired March 31, it’s unclear who the Bears will hire to fill the position.
Confirmed as having interviewed are Cal associate coach Travis DeCuire and UC Irvine coach Russell Turner.
Musselman’s coaching resume is dominated by experience in the professional ranks. His two seasons under Herb Sendek at ASU are his only two as a Division I college coach.
He coached the Warriors to a record of 38-41 in 2002-03, a 17-game improvement over the previous season and their best mark in 10 years. He was runnerup in NBA Coach of the Year voting.
A year later, he was fired after going 37-45.
Musselman coached the Sacramento Kings to a record of 33-49 in 2006-07, bringing his three-year NBA coaching total to 108-138.
Musselman earned 2012 Coach of the Year honors in the NBA’s developmental league with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.