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California hires Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin as new head coach


According to ESPN and media reports, The California Golden Bears have hired former Tennessee Volunteers head coach Cuonzo Martin as their new men’s basketball head coach. Martin will replace former Cal coach Mike Montgomery who decided to retire at the end of this past season.

Martin had been the Volunteers head coach for the last three seasons and led them to the NCAA Tournament this past season. Before his time in Tennessee, Martin was head coach at Missouri State. In his three seasons, Martin compiled a 63-41 record, and ended up losing to Michigan in the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Per ESPN Stats & Info: Cal hasn’t hired a head coach that spent the previous season as the head coach at another major conference school since 1954 when it brought in Pete Newell of Michigan State.

Martin originally was rumored to be a candidate for the Marquette Golden Eagles job before he withdrew his name and told Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart he wanted to remain with the Vols. In effort to make that happen, Hart reworked the contract of Martin to keep him through the 2015-16 season.

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