Cal Hires Ex-Stanford Coach Montgomery To Take Over Program

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - It looks like Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox is staying put.

California reportedly has turned to its biggest rival to find its new basketball coach, agreeing in principle with former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery on a contract to replace the fired Ben Braun. was first to report the news, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the negotiations. School spokesman John Sudsbury has declined to comment.

Fox was believed to have bveen among the finalists for the job.

Montgomery spent 18 years with the Cardinal. He has been out of
coaching since August 2006 when he was let go after two seasons in
the NBA with the Golden State Warriors. He has announced college
games and been an assistant athletic director at Stanford while still collecting money from the final two years of his contract with Golden State.

Braun was fired last week after 12 seasons as coach when the Bears missed the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.
Montgomery made the tournament his final 10 years at Stanford,
winning at least one game each time.

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