DeCuire

Montana coach Travis DeCuire has removed his name from consideration for the head coaching position at Cal.

Travis DeCuire isn't going anywhere.

Montana's head men's basketball coach, who was connected to the vacant coaching position at Cal this week, has removed his name from consideration for the job and will return to the Griz for a fourth season.

As multiple media outlets began reporting the change Wednesday afternoon, DeCuire took to the social media website Twitter to confirm his allegiances.

"It's another great day to be a GRIZ!!" DeCuire posted. "#UNFINISHED BUSINESS"

DeCuire, who signed a new three-year contract with Montana last July, was named along with Nevada's Eric Musselman, UC Irvine's Russell Turner, UC Davis' Jim Les and others as front-runners for the vacant Cal head coaching position. The Golden Bears' former coach, Cuonzo Martin, resigned last week to accept the head coaching position at Missouri. 

Martin was hired three years ago after Mike Montgomery -- a former Griz basketball coach from 1978-86 -- retired from coaching after six seasons at California. DeCuire, who assisted for Montgomery's entire tenure in Berkeley, was a finalist for the Cal coaching position in 2014, too.

"...(DeCuire) came very, very close at Cal. We thought he deserved it," Montgomery told the Missoulian when DeCuire was instead hired at Montana in 2014. "That lack of coaching experience gets a lot of these young guys, so here (in 2014) is his shot."

It was Martin who got the job in lieu of DeCuire, who was also Cal's associate head coach in Montgomery's final two years. 

Montana, which is also DeCuire's Alma Mater, was happy to land its former basketball star.

While playing for the Griz from 1992-94, DeCuire was an All-Big Sky Conference performer his junior and senior seasons, and he set Montana's career record for assists with 435. 

He led the Griz to a Big Sky Conference regular season championship in his first year at the helm, but Montana ultimately fell to Eastern Washington in the Big Sky tournament's title game. DeCuire, who is 57-41 overall coaching Montana, settled for an NIT berth and a 20-13 record in 2014-15.

The Griz again qualified for the postseason in 2015-16, this time the CBI, after falling to Weber State in the conference championship game, and Montana wound up 21-12 overall. No other coach in program history has led the Grizzlies to back-to-back 20-win seasons in his first two years as men's basketball head coach.

Montana finished 16-16 this past season, and the Griz were bounced in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament by Idaho earlier this month. 

In DeCuire's six-year tenure as an assistant at Cal, the Golden Bears went 130-73, and they reached the NCAA tournament four times. Cal clinched berths in March Madness once in the past three seasons under Martin.

DeCuire also served five years under another former Griz coach, Blaine Taylor, at Old Dominion from 2003-08.

DeCuire was also the head coach at Green River Community College in Washington for two years prior to that after getting his coaching start at Sammamish High School from 1998-2001 in suburban Seattle.

Attempts to reach DeCuire for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday.

At presstime, Cal had not yet named a replacement for its head coaching vacancy.

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