By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
California Golden Bears have fired men’s basketball head coach Wyking Jones on Sunday. He was the team’s basketball leader the past two seasons.
In two seasons, he had a 16-47 record. They also were 5-31 in Pac-12 play.
A national search has begun to find his replacement.
“I am grateful to Wyking for his unflagging dedication and commitment to our program during his tenure at Cal, both as a head coach and as an assistant coach,” Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. “I have witnessed – and respected – his strong work ethic, commitment to the University’s mission and, perhaps most importantly, his extraordinary care and concern for our student-athletes.
“This was a difficult decision to make and comes after a deliberate and holistic review of our men’s basketball program,” Knowlton continued. “As always, we were guided by the best interests of our student-athletes, as well as the values and objectives of Cal Athletics and our University. As we quickly turn toward our search for a new head coach for our men’s basketball program, I am certain that we will attract a strong, talented and highly qualified pool of candidates. I am confident that we will find someone who will help lead us on a path to being exceptional.”
This past season, the Golden Bears had an 8-23 record overall. In addition, they had a woeful 3-15 Pac-12 Conference record.
Their season ended when the team lost 56-51 to the Colorado Buffaloes in the first-round of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
In his first season at the school, Jones guided California to an 8-24 record. They also were 2-16 within the Pac-12 Conference.
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