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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.

Jeff Faraudo