Cal Basketball: Cal Reportedly Hires Search Firm to Help Find a New Coach

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College Sports Associates is the agency that apparently will seek out and recruit candidates

Cal reportedly has hired a search firm to help find candidates to fill its men's basketball head coaching vacancy.

According to a Tweet by Evan Daniels of 247Sports, the Bears have enlisted the aid of College Sports Associates.

The president and founder of College Sports Associates is Todd Turner, who has been an athletic director at four Division I basketball schools -- Connecticut, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and Washington.

Also on the staff are Brad Bates, a former athletic director at Boston College; Jim Miller, a former athletic director at Richmond, and Dave Odom, who has been the head coach at South Carolina, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Virginia.

Cal also used College Sports Associates when Chancellor Christ did a review of the athletics department in 2017 to reduce costs.

The search committee will determine which coaches are interested and which fit the criteria Cal is looking for. It will then recommend one or more candidates and might even recruit that coach. Representives of a search committee can work behind the scenes to find and recruit appropriate coaches.

The search committee's work is particuarly important for coaches who are currently Division I coaches elsewhere. Such coaches don't want their current school to think they are looking elsewhere, and those coaches can honestly tell the media they have not talked to anyone at a school that is seeking a new coach. Nonethleless those coaches might still be pursuing the opening indirectly by dealing with members of the search firm that represents the school looking for a new coach.

Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton will make the call on the hire of a new coach, but he was a hockey player in college and did not hire a men's basketball coach while he was athletic ditector at Air Force. He did hire a men's basketball coach when he was the AD at Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

(Click here for analysis and grades on Cal's previous basketball coaching hires.)