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Athletics: Barbour lands on her feet

As you no doubt heard,former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was introduced Saturday as new AD at Penn State.

Barbour, who will receive a five-year contract worth $700,000 per year (plus up to $200,000 in incentives), achieved a lot at Cal. She said her problems in Berkeley were the result of her loyalty.

“What it really boils down to is I stayed too long,” Barbour was quoted saying the Associated Press story on her hiring. “Leading a program like Cal’s, like Penn State’s, in terms of a major conference and a lot of sports and a lot of moving parts, 10 years is a long time.

“If you look around the country, there are very few (athletic directors) that have that kind of length. Ultimately, it’s about having stayed a little too long, but it was about that I was loyal. I’m a loyalist.

“In the end, at some point, you stay too long.”

Here are stories on Barbour’s hiring from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Phildelphia Inquirer.

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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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Women’s basketball: Gray perfect in Russia

Cal junior forward Reshanda Gray shot 4 for 4 for eight points in 10 minutes, helping the U.S. to a 120-32 rout of Mali in its opening contest of the World University Games at Kazan, Russia.

Presumably, the event gets a bit more challenging for the U.S. squad, which faces the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

The U.S. shot 66 percent from the field and had 34 assists. Mali converted 19 percent.

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Basketball: Jorge Gutierrez to play for Sacramento Kings summer league team

Former Cal star Jorge Gutierrez will play for the Sacramento Kings summer league team in Las Vegas, beginning July 13.

The 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Gutierrez will be joined on the Kings summer roster by the likes of first-round NBA draft pick Ben McLemore of Kansas and former UCLA/New Mexico forward Drew Gordon of San Jose.

The Kings gather for a mini-camp July 9-12 in Vegas, and open play the next day against the Dallas Mavericks.

Gutierrez played last season in Mexico and also with Canton in the NBDL. He played for the Denver Nuggets during the 2012 summer league.

 

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Basketball: Wiltjer may stay at Ky after all

Kyle Wiltjer may be having second thoughts about leaving Kentucky.

According to an interview in the Portland Tribune, Wiltjer’s father says nothing has been decided.

“Kyle is still a Kentucky Wildcat,” Greg Wiltjer told the news paper. “He loves being a Kentucky Wildcat. He’s not 100 percent committed to transferring.”

Wiltjer said last week in an open letter to Kentucky fans that he was transferring. Greg Wiltjer said his son won’t make a decision until after playing with the Canadian team at the World University Games.

Another possibility is that Wiltjer could stay at Kentucky and redshirt next season.

“The biggest time in Kyle’s career lies in the 14 to 16 months ahead,” Greg Wiltjer said. “I’d 100 percent like him to devote the next year to working on his body, but it’s his decision.”

Wiltjer was recruited heavily by Cal out of high school three years ago, but speculation was that he might transfer to Gonzaga. Now it’s anyone’s guess what might happen.