Braun fired from California after another tough season
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.