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Basketball: DeCuire hired by Montana

Former Cal assistant Travis DeCuire has been hired as head coach at Montana, replacing Wayne Tinkle, who recently took over as coach at Oregon State, according to multiple media reports.

DeCuire was Mike Montgomery’s top aide the past six seasons and is an alum of Montana, where he was the school’s career assist leader.

DeCuire, 43, was considered for the Cal coaching position given to Cuonzo Martin, then was one of three finalists for the OSU job that went to Tinkle.

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Football: Times set on 3 games for 2014

Times are set for three of Cal’s 2014 football games, including its home opener Sept. 6 against Sacramento State, which kicks off at noon and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

Cal’s game against Oregon at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 24, will begin at 7 p.m.

And the Bears’ Thursday, Nov. 13 game at USC is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Cal’s season-opener at Northwestern is part of the Big Ten Conference television package and is expected to be announced soon.

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Basketball: Cal’s Roger Moute a Bidias selected to Pac-12 all-star squad for summer trip to China

Cal sophomore forward Roger Moute a Bidias has been chosen to participate with a Pac-12 Conference all-star squad on a four-game tour of China, beginning Aug. 10.

Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak will coach the Pac-12 team, featuring 13 players from 10 different conference schools. The tour is part of the Pac-12′s Globilization Initiative.

Moute a Bidias played sparingly for Cal last season as a true freshman.

Other players on the Pac-12 squad include Utah forward Jordan Loveridge (14.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Colorado forward Xavier Johnson (12.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Washington guard Andrew Andrews (12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and Washington State guard DaVonte Lacy (19.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg).

The Pac-12 squad will play one game against a Chinese university all-star team and play three vs. Chinese professional teams, including one against the Shanghai Sharks. The Shanghai franchise is owned by former eight-time NBA all-star Yao Ming and features former Cal center Max Zhang.

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Evaluating the Pac-12 presidents’ proposals

The Pac-12 presidents covered a lot of territory in their proposals for NCAA changes outlined in a letter sent to their counterparts of the four other major football-playing conferences.

Some good ideas, a few that need substantial detail, and at least one that ain’t happening. Here’s my reaction:

– Permit institutions to make scholarship awards up to the full cost of attendance.

Reaction: That’s right, full scholarships do not necessarily– and in most cases don’t — cover the full cost of a student attending a school. Especially for kids whose families don’t have a lot of resources, this is an issue. There is plenty of money available at the big schools, no matter what anyone says, and this is right and reasonable.

– Provide reasonable ongoing medical or insurance assistance for student-athletes who suffer an incapacitating injury in competition or practice. Continue efforts to reduce the incidence of disabling injury.

Reaction: It’s unthinkable this is not standard procedure. Should be at the top of the list.

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Pac-12 presidents call for sweeping NCAA reform, including stipends, conference autonomy

The Pac-12 presidents have sent a letter to their counterparts at the four other major football conferences, asking for substantial changes to the way the NCAA functions, including stipends for athletes, better medical coverage and autonomy for the leagues.

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, said the league’s 12 presidents were unanimous in their endorsement of the sweeping changes.

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Basketball: Ex-Cal guard Kreklow to Creighton

Former Cal guard Ricky Kreklow will complete his career at Creighton, according to CBSSports.com.

Kreklow, who announced last month he was transferring to a new school for his senior season, averaged 5.5 points for the Bears last season.

A Midwest native and a transfer from Missouri, Kreklow’s two-year career at Cal was marred by a series of injuries.

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Football: Chris McCain signs with Dolphins

Linebacker Chris McCain signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, making him the sixth former Cal player to land a spot with an NFL team since the draft two weekends ago.

McCain played two-plus seasons at Cal before being dismissed from the program for conduct detrimental to the team after four games of his 2013 junior campaign.

He finished his collegiate career with 90 tackles, 14.5 tackles for 50 yards in lost yardage, 5.0 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 24 games played and 18 starts.

McCain’s top season came as a 2012 sophomore when he was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection.

McCain is the fourth ex-Cal player to either sign or agree to terms as a free agent with an NFL team. Running back Brendan Bigelow (Tampa Bay), cornerback Kameron Jackson (Indianapolis) and defensive tackle Deandre Coleman Jacksonville) previously did so.

Tight end Richard Rodgers (Green Bay) and linebacker Khairi Fortt (New Orleans) were selected in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, of the NFL draft.

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Basketball: Martin adds director of ops to staff

New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin announced the hiring of long-time friend and colleague Marco Harris as his director of basketball operations, the same position he held for Martin’s last season at Tennessee.

“Marco is someone I know very well and trust,” Martin said. “His high character and exceptional work ethic will serve well in this role. Marco has established himself as an excellent administrator in his career. He will play an important position in all aspects of our program.”

Harris (no relation to new assistant coach Jon Harris) fills the position held last season by Theo Robertson.

Martin retained none of former coach Mike Montgomery’s staff.

Harris comes to Berkeley after serving the past three seasons on Martin’s staff at Tennessee where he was the Volunteers’ director of operations for the 2013-14 season.

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Football: Brother of 49ers lineman joins Bears; defensive tackle seeks immediate eligibility

Cal has signed the brother of 49ers guard Joe Looney to a financial aid agreement, becoming the 24th member of the 2014 recruiting class.

James Looney, transferring from Wake Forest, has filed an appeal for immediate eligibility with the Bears.

A 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from Lake Forest, Florida, Looney played in six games as a true freshman for Wake Forest last season, contributing three tackles and a fumble recovery. He did not start a game.

Looney has four seasons to play three at Cal, but whether he is cleared to participate next fall or must sit out as a transfer has not been determined, a Cal spokesman said. He was projected as a starter for the Demons Deacons before leaving the program at the end of spring practice.

Defensive tackle is perhaps Cal’s biggest position of need. Both starters left after last season, and Jacobi Hunter, who played in all 12 games last season as a true freshman, took a leave from the team late in spring ball to attend to personal matters. His status is still up in the air.

Also uncertain is redshirt junior Mustafa Jalil, a former four-star recruit, who missed all of last season and spring ball due to a knee injury.

“We are excited that James is joining the Cal football program,” coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “It is critical that we continue to recruit and develop players in the trenches to improve on both sides of the ball.

“James will help us do that on the defensive line and is also an excellent student that will fit into our program nicely both on the field and off.”

Looney, who turns 19 on Thursday, is the younger sibling of Joe Looney, who was a fourth-round draft pick out of Wake Forest by the 49ers in 2012.

James Looney was a four-year starter at Lake Worth High School in Florida and an Associated Press Class 7A all-state performer as a senior in the fall of 2012. He was a consensus three-star (out of five) prospect in high school.

Cal’s 2014 recruiting class includes players from California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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Basketball: Hufnagel hiring official

Coach Cuonzo Martin’s staff is officially complete after the announcement that Yanni Hufnagel is on board.

Hufnagel’s hiring was first reported more than a week ago.

He comes to Berkeley after a one-year stint at Vanderbilt, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Kevin Stallings. Previously, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard.

“Yanni’s strong passion for the game has correlated to success wherever he has been,” Martin said. “We share the same goal in developing champions on the basketball court, in the class room and in the community. I am thrilled for the opportunity to have Yanni join the staff here at Cal.”

CBS Sports recognized Hufnagel as “one of the most relentless and energetic recruiters in the game,” in their 2012-13 College Basketball Preview, while naming him one of their nine “Dream Team” assistant coaches in college basketball.

Hufnagel has worked with such players as Jeremy Lin (Harvard) and Blake Griffin (Oklahoma). He also served an internship in basketball operations with the New Jersey Nets.

Hufnagel earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2006 and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration at Oklahoma in 2010.