It isn’t often that recent (or at least somewhat recent) NBA head coaches are available to interview for head coaching jobs in college basketball, but it is even more rare when that candidate isn’t even considered to be the favorite for the job in which he has interviewed. However, there is a report circulating that former Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings head coach Eric Musselman has emerged as a legitimate candidate to take over for Mike Montgomery as the head coach of the California Golden Bears.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports that the 49-year-old Musselman has had two separate interviews with the school in talks to replace Montgomery, but in spite of that, Cal is still openly pursuing Xavier head coach Chris Mack for its open position. In three seasons in the NBA (two with Golden State, one with Sacramento), Musselman amassed a less than stellar record of 108-138 (.439), but in spite of that, he has a track record as a good recruiter during his time with Arizona State, and his NBA cache could do wonders for the program.
In my view, Musselman would be a home run hire for a middling Pac-12 school, even without a long list of college head coaching experience. He has been semi-successful at every level, and with the high level understanding needed to become an NBA coach combined with charisma to recruit, Cal could do much worse than Eric Musselman.