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CBK roundup: Cal candidate Mack will stay at Xavier

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Xavier coach Chris Mack is staying put after meeting with Cal about its job opening, according to ESPN.

Mack, 44, has guided the Musketeers to the NCAA Tournament in four of his five seasons as coach. He has taken Xavier to the regional semifinals twice (2010 and 2012). The Musketeers went 21-13 and lost in the opening round of the tournament last season.

Mike Montgomery retired earlier this month after six seasons as Cal's coach. The 67-year-old previously coached Montana, Stanford and the Golden State Warriors. He has campaigned for assistant coach Travis DeCuire to replace him.

The Bears went 21-14 last season and will lose guard Justin Cobbs and forward Richard Solomon to graduation.

---Arizona State assistant coach Eric Musselman recently interviewed for the vacant Cal coaching job, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

Musselman, who has coached in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, met with athletic director Sandy Barbour.

Mike Montgomery retired earlier this month after six seasons as Cal's coach.

Musselman, 49, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Arizona State. He coached the Warriors from 2002 to 2004. He then spent two seasons as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies before coaching the Kings in the 2006-07 season.

Before coaching in the NBA, Musselman went 270-122 during seven years coaching the Continental Basketball Association's Florida Beach Dogs.

Since 2010, Musselman has coached the Reno Big Horns and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, and the Dominican Republic and Venezuelan national teams.

Cal, which went 21-14 this season, is also considering UC Irvine coach Russell Turner and Cal assistant Travis DeCuire.

---Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware announced via Twitter on Friday night that he is transferring to Georgia State.

It was reported in late March that Ware was going to transfer to another school.

Ware, a junior, got national attention during last year's NCAA Tournament regional finals against Duke when he severely broke his right leg. He wanted to transfer to a school closer to his family in Atlanta.

Ware returned from the injury Nov. 6 during an exhibition game against Pikeville College. He made his first shot, a 3-pointer. He then scored five points in 13 minutes against Cornell on Nov. 15 in his first regular-season game.

Ware averaged just 1.7 points in nine games before he injured the same leg against Missouri State on Dec. 17 and missed the rest of the season.

Ware also reportedly considered Auburn. He once committed to new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he coached Tennessee.

Georgia State relied heavily on transfers this season in going 25-9. Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow, former Virginia Tech forward Manny Atkins and USC transfer Curtis Washington were key contributors for the Panthers.

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