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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: Live chat with Jerome Randle Friday

Join our live chat with Cal’s star guard Jerome Randle on Friday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. PST. Until then, fans can start submitting questions for Jerome now by clicking below.

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Football: Cal live chat on Thursday, 1 p.m.

UPDATE: Chat will be at 1 p.m.

Chat with our Cal football beat writer Jonathan Okanes about the 10th-ranked Bears during our live chat Thursday at 1 p.m. PDT.

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Cal football live chat

Join Jonathan Okanes today from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. for a live chat on Cal Bears football.