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.

Jon Becker

  • Guest

    Jon, where is JF?

  • JB Don’t Dance

    On twitter apparently

  • covinared

    Man’s job.

  • Juancho

    Has the cat been nipped ?

  • 707 Bear

    Sandy once spoke at a Sac Grid Club event and said, “Football drives the bus.” Her years at Notre Dame informed that statement.

    Well, she started at the high water mark for football (2004) and left at the low. And so it goes.

  • southseasbear

    Is John Becker taking over for Jeff Faraudo?

  • Larry

    Anyone know how long “interim” usually runs for an athletic director? 6 months? 1 year? 1 1/2 years? 2 years?

  • Wehofx

    Wtf? Btb is sloooooow loading on my iPhone again. F! Anyway….

    Twitter: 3* OL @JohnnyCapra73: I have verbally committed to the Cal football family! Thank you Coach Dykes, Yenser, and CAL coaching staff for believing in me. #GoBears

    Also TE who coach Tate plans on converting to DE signed.

    Doesn’t JF usu take some well deserved down time in June and July in prep for madness of summer camp and FB season?

  • BlueNGold

    Is someone going to be reporting on the reasons behind this move? I heard that Chancellor Dirks wants to ‘take the football program in a new direction’. Anyone have an idea as to what that means?

  • Rollonubears