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Friday / July 10.
  • Cal fires Wyking Jones, expected to target Jason Kidd, among others

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Cal has fired head coach Wyking Jones and is expected to pursue former Cal star Jason Kidd as its next coach.

    In two seasons at the helm for the Bears, Jones posted a 16-47 record. This season Cal went 8-23, 3-15 in the Pac-12.

    “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,” Cal AD John Knowlton said in a statement. “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.”

    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Cal is likely to pursue Kidd, who could also be in the mix for the Lakers job if the NBA franchise parts ways with Luke Walton after the season. However, college coaches usually must possess a college degree, and Kidd left Cal after two seasons. It’s unclear if he’s currently working toward a degree. Some type of waiver could also granted.

    There are now three coaching openings in the Pac-12 and three in the SEC.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.