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Sources: Bears assistant Travis DeCuire to interview for Cal opening

Pat Forde
Yahoo Sports

California athletic director Sandy Barbour is scheduled to interview candidates for the Bears' vacant men's basketball job this weekend in Dallas, sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Travis DeCuire (R) looks on as Mike Montgomery speaks to guard Jabari Bird. (USA TODAY Sports)

Among them is current Cal assistant Travis DeCuire, who received a strong endorsement from retiring head coach Mike Montgomery.

"We've got the guy in this room that should have this job," Montgomery said at his press conference announcing his retirement Monday. "I'm really hoping Sandy comes to that conclusion, ultimately. We're positioned very, very well."

DeCuire is expected to be interviewed Friday, sources said. The 43-year-old has recruited most of the players on the current Cal roster. He was mentioned on a list of up-and-coming young African-American coaches provided to Yahoo Sports that accompanied a story Tuesday on the lack of black head coaches at power programs.

Among others mentioned in speculation for the Cal job are former UCLA coach Ben Howland; current UC-Irvine coach Russell Turner, who was a former Montgomery assistant at both Stanford and the Golden State Warriors; and Arizona associate head coach Joe Pasternack, who was a Cal assistant under Ben Braun from 2001-07.

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