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H. Michael Williams is Cal’s interim athletic director

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is Jeff Faraudo’s breaking news story on Cal’s athletic director situation:

By Jeff Faraudo

H. Michael Williams, a former Cal wrestler with extensive financial and leadership experience, has been named the school’s interim athletic director while the university conducts a search to replace Sandy Barbour, a campus source said.

A 1982 graduate of Cal, Williams is a trustee with the U.C. Berkeley Foundation and serves on several university panels, including the recently formed Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics and Athletics. He is a former vice chairman, capital markets for Barclays Global Investors.

Williams’ appointment will be formally announced at a Friday news conference at Memorial Stadium. The source said Williams will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will oversee the search to replace Barbour, who has served as athletic director since 2004 but will move a position on the academic side in a sports management program. Barbour’s last day as AD is July 15.

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Basketball: Ex-Cal star Justin Cobbs makes Warriors his latest stop on pre-NBA draft tour

I visited the Warriors’ practice facility in Oakland on Wednesday to talk with ex-Cal star Justin Cobbs, who was among six NBA draft hopefuls who worked out in front of club officials.

Here’s my story on how Cobbs and former Saint Mary’s College guard Stephen Holt are faring in the leadup to the June 26 NBA draft.

Cobbs also said he and his Cal teammates were completely surprised when coach Mike Montgomery announced his retirement after the season.

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Basketball: Bears unveil nonconference schedule

Cal’s debut under new basketball coach Cuonzo Martin will be Friday, Nov. 14  at Haas Pavilion against an opponent yet-to-be named in the 2K Sports Classic.

A Dec. 22 game against Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin highlights the Bears’ 2014-15 nonconference schedule, announced Tuesday by the school. The Badgers return three double-digit scorers from the team that started 16-0 last season, finishing 30-8 after a Final Four loss to Kentucky.

The Bears will play 13 games prior to the start of the Pac-12 schedule, nine of them at Haas Pavilion.

They open with home games on  Nov. 14 and 16 as part of the 2K Sports Classic. Opponents for those games will be announced next month.

Then, regardless of the results in those games, Cal will play at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21 in the final two rounds of the same event. Other teams participating in New York will be Syracuse, Iowa and Texas. Matchups have not been announced.

Cal’s nonconference home schedule resumes Nov. 26 against Cal Poly. Former Bears’ associate head coach Travis DeCuire will return to Haas as head coach of his alma mater, Montana, on Dec. 3. The game will mark the first meeting between Cal and Montana since 1930.

The Bears also play home games against Wyoming (Dec. 10), Princeton (Dec. 13), Eastern Washington (Dec. 19) and Cal State Bakersfield (Dec.28).

Their two remaining road games will be at Fresno State (Nov. 30) and Nevada (Dec. 7).

The 2014-15 nonconference schedule was arranged by previous coach Mike Montgomery’s staff. Martin had no influence on the lineup of opponents his first team will face.

Game times have yet to be determined. The Pac-12 schedule will be announced later this month.

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Basketball: Martin OK that Bears likely to enter season with just 10 available scholarship players

Had breakfast with new basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, who said he’s bought a home in Piedmont but will spend much of the rest of this summer recruiting for the Class of 2015.

He also confirmed the Bears are likely to go into next season with just 10 eligible scholarship players. Martin said he won’t use either of the program’s two open scholarships this summer, unless he’s able to land a senior graduate transfer who is immediately eligible.

That means — although Martin cannot discuss recruits by name — there is nothing to online chatter that Cal might be pursuing former Oregon guard and Bay Area native Dominic Artis.

The situation is complicated because Artis played for the Oakland Soldiers, the powerhouse traveling team that features Bishop O’Dowd HS star Ivan Rabb, rated by some as the top prospect in the Class of 2015.

The Bears, and everyone else, want Rabb, but my sense is they won’t sign Artis to get him. Artis was one of three players booted from Oregon this spring after being the subject of a sexual assault investigation. While no charges were filed, the incident was unseemly enough that the school divorced itself from all three players.

Asked how concerned he is about his scholarship numbers for next season, Martin said, “Not at all. We’ve been in situations like this before. The strength and conditioning part is important, but also being smart in practice.”

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Football: Which high-level prospects from the Class of 2015 the Golden Bears are chasing

Below is a rundown of the 48 high school players Cal is recruiting off Scout.com’s list of top-300 national prospects. These include five-star and four-star prospects, according to Scout’s evaluations.

The Bears have four commitments so far for the class of 2015 — all of them three-star prospects.

Among the group shown here, there are several trends worth noting:

– Twelve of the 48 are wide receivers. Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin just can’t have enough of them on his roster.

– Only one is a quarterback — No. 99 prospect Travis Waller of Servite-Anaheim.

– Two are tight ends, a position the Bears hardly utilize.

– Eight are from the state of Texas, a recruiting hotbed and backyard to Louisiana Tech, where coach Sonny Dykes and his staff still have recruiting ties.

– Six of the seven five-star prospects the Bears are pursuing are defensive players. In all, 27 of the 48 listed play defense.

We’ll keep an eye on this list to see how many Dykes and his staff are able to land.

Scout.com 5-star prospects recruited by Cal

2. OLB Malik Jefferson, Ralph H. Poteet HS, Mesquite, Texas, 6-3, 220
10. DT Kahlil McKenzie, De La Salle HS, 6-4, 330
11. CB Iman Marshall, Long Beach Poly HS, 6-1.5, 190
16. WR DeMarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill, Texas, 6-2, 188
22. DE Keisean Lucier-South, Lutheran Orange HS, Orange, 6-4.5, 220
27. OLB John Houston, Serra HS, Gardena, 6-3, 218
28. DE Canton Kaumatule, Punahoa School, Honolulu, 6-6, 259

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Basketball: Montana excited to introduce ex-Cal aide and Grizzly alum Travis DeCuire as coach

Years before he spent six seasons as an assistant for Mike Montgomery at Cal, Travis DeCuire was a standout point guard for Montana.

So Grizzlies athletic director Kent Haslam had no qualms about introducing DeCuire on Monday as the program’s newest head coach.

 “I can say this without a shadow of  a doubt: We got our guy,” Haslam said of DeCuire, 43, who becomes the fourth Griz coach in the last 23 years to have played at Montana.

According to the Missoulian, DeCuire signed a three-year contract with a base salary of $140,000 to succeed Wayne Tinkle, who left after eight seasons to become head coach at Oregon State.

Meanwhile, Tinkle has hired Gregg Gottlieb, another former Montgomery assistanst at Cal, to be part of his staff at Corvallis, Ore., according to Jeff Gooodman of ESPN.com.

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Basketball: PG Chauca officially signs

Cal announced the official signing of point guard prospect Brandon Chauca to a national letter of intent.

“We are excited for the opportunity to have Brandon join the Cal Family,” new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He has the ability to distribute and score the basketball. In high school, he displayed excellent range with his shot. Brandon also has the foot speed to be a good on-ball defender.”

Chauca averaged 23.1 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 steals this season for 22 Feet Academy at Shannon Forest Christian Schhool in Greenville, S.C. The 5-foot-9 native of Alexandria, Virginia, had a pair of 40-point games.

Chauca played his freshman year at Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas, Va. where he was an all-district selection in his first scholastic season. Chauca also played one season at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., and at Christian Faith Center Academy in Creedmoor, N.C., before enrolling at 22 Feet Academy.

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Football: Kaufman’s deal as DC for more money, fewer years than Buh, who exits with $1 million

Cal will pay new football defensive coordinator Art Kaufman more than his predecessor but has protected itself by giving him a shorter contract.

Kaufman, who replaced Andy Buh after the Bears allowed a school-record 45.9 points per game last season, signed a two-year deal valued at $550,000 per season, not including potential performance incentives, according to documents obtained by this newspaper. Kaufman also got a one-time $20,000 signing bonus.

Buh came onboard with new coach Sonny Dykes before the 2013 season and received a three-year contract worth $500,000 per season — all of it guaranteed. After the Bears’ 1-11 campaign, Buh was fired without cause on April 2, an athletic department spokesman said, leaving the department on the hook for the remaining $1 million on his contract.

An athletic department spokesman said no settlement or compromise was reached with Buh and confirmed the university is “fulfilling obligations to the contract” with monthly payments over the next two years.

Buh, who could not be reached for comment, is obligated by terms of his contract to seek employment. Cal’s financial obligation to him would be reduced by the amount of his salary in a new position.

Kaufman, 55, who came to Cal from Cincinnati, will cost Cal more in the short term, but less if the two part ways before his two-year contact ends.

Kaufman will earn $225,000 in base salary each season, plus a $325,000 talent fee. He will receive the entirety of his $550,000 annual salary if fired anytime before the end of his first season, but only $340,000 if dismissed prior to the end of the second season.

If Kaufman decides to leave Cal prior to April 30, 2015, he must pay the university $75,000.

Kaufman’s salary is line with others at his position in the Pac-12 Conference. He’ll earn more than new Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski ($485,000), but less than UW paid Justin Wilcox ($750,000) in 2013. Wilcox left Washington after last season, following coach Steve Sarkisian to USC.

Kaufman can earn bonuses ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 if the Bears play in various bowl games. He will earn $25,000 if Cal’s 2014 defense is ranked among the nation’s top-50 in fewest points per game allowed, and $25,000 if the ’15 squad is ranked among the top-25.

Cal ranked second-to-last nationally last season in scoring defense — 122nd out of 123 Football Bowl Subidivision teams. Kaufman’s Cincinnati defense ranked 14th nationally, allowing 21.0 points per game.

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Rugby: Cal wins 7s national championships

The Cal 7s team completed its second straight undefeated run in the Collegiate Rugby Championships with a 24-21 victory over Kutztown University at PPL Park in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The championship was the 24th for Cal coach Jack Clark and the 28th overall for the Bears’ rugby program.

Cal finished the three-day event with a 6-0 record and tournament-leading totals of 31 successful tries and a plus-127 points differential. Team captain Seamus Kelly led Cal’s tournament effort with six tries.

The Bears began Sunday’s play with a 33-5 win over Penn State, then beat UCLA 20-17 in the semifinals on a last-minute try by Andrew Battaglia.

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The Cal women’s varsity four crew team won its second NCAA championship in four years Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.

The Bears scored 118 total points to place second in the overall team championship to Ohio State. Cal has finished among the nation’s top three overall for seven straight seasons and nine of the past 10 years.

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The Cal men’s crew won Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships in the second varsity eight and the third varsity eight races to finish second overall in the team category at Lake Mercer at West Windsor, N.J.

The Bears scored 188 points to wind up four points shy of IRA champion Washington.