Braun fired from Cal­i­for­nia af­ter an­other tough sea­son

The Covington News - - Sports -

BERKE­LEY, Calif.— Cal­i­for­nia un­der­achieved in the eyes of its play­ers, its ath­letic di­rec­tor and its fans.

The school fired bas­ket­ball coach Ben Braun fol­low­ing an­other dis­ap­point­ing sea­son in which the Golden Bears missed the NCAA tour­na­ment for the fourth time in five years.

Braun spent 12 years at Cal and made the tour­na­ment five times. But the Bears only went to the NCAA tour­na­ment once over his fi­nal five sea­sons, lead­ing to the de­ci­sion by ath­letic di­rec­tor Sandy Bar­bour.

Cal fin­ished ninth in the Pac-10 this sea­son, go­ing 17-16 over­all and just 6-12 in the con­fer­ence de­spite hav­ing a tal­ented ros­ter that in­cluded likely fu­ture NBA play­ers in Ryan An­der­son, DeVon Hardin and Pa­trick Christo­pher. An­der­son, the team’s lead­ing scorer and re­bounder this sea­son as a sopho­more, is likely to de­clare him­self el­i­gi­ble for the NBA draft with­out hir­ing an agent so he can still re­turn to school.

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