The search for a new head basketball coach hasn’t gone particularly well (at least publicly) for the California Golden Bears, but now, there is a report circulating that they have landed a relatively big name in Tennessee Volunteers head coach Cuonzo Martin.
Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin has agreed to be head coach at California, sources told ESPN. Story coming.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 15, 2014
Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports that Martin, who captained Tennessee to a substantial run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, is headed to the west coast, and this is a substantial coup for the Golden Bears. Xavier head coach Chris Mack publicly spurned the job, there were reports that Eric Musselman interviewed for the job multiple times, and to be honest, the search seemed to lack direction, but Martin is a great landing spot.
After three seasons as the head man at Missouri State, Cuonzo Martin has improved his record at Tennessee in each of his three seasons, from 19 wins in 2011-2012 all the way to 24 wins this past season, including a push to take Michigan to the final buzzer in the “Big Dance”. It will be interesting to see how Martin recruits on the West Coast, but given the circumstance, this is about as good of a name as Cal fans could reasonably expect.