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Cal strength coach Nicodemus Christopher departs for Missouri

Another replacement needed.

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The California Golden Bears will need to hire another strength coach. Nicodemus Christopher is on his way to the Missouri Tigers to join Cuonzo Martin.

I can’t really attest to whether Christopher was a good or bad strength coach for Cal. It did feel like the Bears were slightly more injury-prone than in previous eras (last year it felt like every Golden Bear rotation player got hurt), with a lot of non-basketball game injuries, but again I don’t have any raw data here. He definitely did help build up Cal’s talent into one of the best defensive units in the nation.

Cal’s coaching staff is starting to round into form. Wyking Jones has two of his new assistants on staff already in Tim O’Toole (who was responsible for big men last season at Cal) and Theo Robertson (who I imagine will start coaching the wings or guards). With Tracy Webster also departing the program, Cal now needs to hire a strength coach and one more assistant.