Golden Nuggets: Cal Basketball Head Coaching Candidates

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The list of candidates seems to have no end.

Who's excited for a coaching search?! Jeff Faraudo is ahead of the game and posted a comprehensive list of candidates for the position. Might we be interested in a Bay Area guy?

RANDY BENNETT, Saint Mary’s

Credentials: The Gaels’ all-time winningest coach with a 14-year record of 286-137. Bennett, 51, guided Saint Mary’s into the Sweet 16 in 2010. SMC was 23-12 this season, interrupting a run of six straight years of at least 25 victories.

Positives: Has led the Gaels to five NCAA tournament berths since 2005 — as many or more than any Bay Area school over the same time frame, including Cal.

Negatives: Faced a five-game this past season as part of sanctions for NCAA violations that included impermissible workouts and benefits and a failure to monitor charge.

What about a former Pac-12 coach?

BEN HOWLAND

Credentials: The 56-year-old has won at every stop, with a career record of 398-205. He was 233-107 in 10 seasons at UCLA, reestablishing the Bruins as a West Coast power. Previously coached at Northern Arizona and Pitt. Mentioned the past week as a candidate for the Marquette job.

Positives: Guided the Bruins to three straight Final Fours through 2008, their best run since the John Wooden era.

Concerns: Age and style of play. Pauley Pavilion fans embraced the low-scoring, defense-oriented Bruins during the Final Four years, but came in fewer numbers when the Bruins won just two NCAA tournament games in a span of five seasons ending in 2013.

Or a current Pac-12 coach's brother?

ARCHIE MILLER, Dayton

Credentials: At 35, Miller directed the Flyers to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament after a decisive win over Stanford last week. He is 63-38 in three seasons, including 26-11 this year. Dayton beat Cal by 18 points at the Maui Invitational in November.

Positives: The younger brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller is familiar with the Pac-12, having spent two seasons as associate head coach for the Wildcats.

Concerns: The Bears might have to move quickly to get him. Rewarded last week with a contract extension through 2018, Miller nonetheless has been mentioned for job vacancies at Wake Forest and Marquette.

There's no shortage of candidates. These next few weeks should be fun as the coaching search begins.

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