This is an early report, but Ben Parker of Cal Rivals seems to indicate that Nevada Wolf Pack coach Eric Musselman has won the early coaching search to become the next California Golden Bears head coach.
To be fair, Ben does hedge his bets in his subsequent tweet.
Musselman was the coach of the Warriors for two seasons and the Kings for one season in the 2000s. He was fired relatively quickly from both jobs. He’s familiar with the Bay Area and I believe does have a house there.
Musselman’s main selling point would be his recent success coaching the Nevada Wolf Pack. Nevada went 24-14 last season and won the CBI, and this year went 28-6 and made the NCAA Tournament after winning the Mountain West Conference. Nevada was eliminated last night in the Round of 64.
Knuth declined to share details on Musselman's potential contract extension but said Nevada is prepared to give Musselman "a reasonable and pretty generous offer." That extension would almost certainly make him the highest-paid coach in Wolf Pack history, a distinction currently held by former football coach Brian Polian, who made a school-record $585,000 last season.
Musselman is believed to have a strong advocate in the Cal athletic department in Ashwin Puri, who is the Bears' senior associate athletis director/chief revenue officer. The two worked together when Musselman was an NBA D-League coach from 2010-12 and Puri worked for the NBA and consulted D-League teams during that period.
Musselman has a few bumps on his resume (including hiring a disgraced Cal assistant and a DUI), but it appears that if he is being seriously considered, these are not disqualifying issues.
Cal fans, what would you think if this report is confirmed and the Bears end up hiring Musselman?