Montgomery's assistant, ex-aide in running for Cal job
A current and a former assistant coach on different Mike Montgomery staffs are candidates to succeed him as Cals basketball coach.
Montgomerys choice for the job, top aide Travis DeCuire, was interviewed by athletic director Sandy Barbour at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas, as was UC Irvine coach Russ Turner, who served with Montgomery at Stanford for four years and with the Warriors for two.
Ive known Travis for four years, Cal guard Tyrone Wallace said. Hes a big reason why weve been successful. If he was hired I think hed be a good fit.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall is believed to have turned down a job offer. Barbour might have interest in Notre Dames Mike Brey, Gonzagas Mark Few and former UCLA coach Ben Howland.
DeCuire would be a popular choice among Cal players he recruited.
To see him get the job would be big for our program, freshman Jabari Bird said. Montgomery leaves the program in great shape. We have young talent. I think were on the verge of making a run for the (NCAA) Tournament.
John Crumpacker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: email@example.com Twitter: @crumpackeroncal