Xavier's Chris Mack has emerged as the latest candidate for the Cal basketball coaching job

Mack, 44, is Cal's top candidate, according to one source. Another source within the athletic department said as of Thursday afternoon Mack had neither been offered the job nor interviewed.

Mack has led the Musketeers to a 111-57 record and four NCAA tournament bids in five seasons.

Mack, who replaced current Arizona coach Sean Miller at Xavier, didn't return messages left for him Thursday. The Cincinnati Enquirer said sources at Xavier believe there has been contact between the two parties but weren't convinced Mack had interest.

The only confirmed candidates to replace Mike Montgomery, who retired March 31, are Cal associate head coach Travis DeCuire and UC Irvine coach Russell Turner.

  • Jim Shaw was elevated to an assistant coach position for the Saint Mary's basketball team after spending the past season as a special assistant to coach Randy Bennett. Shaw replaces Adam Caporn, who's returning to Australia to coach.

  • Duke quarterback Brandon Connette won't be joining his brother Simon at San Jose State, according to a source. Duke said Connette plans to transfer to be closer to his mother, Nancy, who is battling cancer. The Connette family is from Corona, and Simon Connette is a junior safety for the Spartans. Brandon Connette has already graduated, so he'd be immediately eligible to play.

  • San Jose State's football game at Utah State was moved to Friday, Nov. 21, and will air on ESPN2, the Mountain West Conference said. The Spartans and Aggies will each receive a $300,000 bonus per the conference's TV contract.

  • Stanford placed second at the NCAA men's gymnastics semifinals in Ann Arbor, Mich., qualifying for Friday's six-team NCAA Finals. The Cardinal scored 433.550 to finish behind Oklahoma (440.000) and ahead of third-place Illinois (432.850). Failing to advance were Iowa (425.950), Cal (425.700) and William & Mary (415.350). Stanford's Sean Senters finished first in both of his events. He scored 15.450 on floor exercise and 15.250 on vault. The Cardinal's Akash Modi was first in the all-around at 87.450. The Bears' Donothan Bailey (86.250) and Kyle Zemeir (85.550) qualified for the individual all-around competition.

  • The Saint Mary's sand volleyball team (9-0) posted a 4-1 win at Stanford (2-7). The No. 5 team of Maegan Conroy and Milena Popovic put the Gaels ahead for good, beating Morgan Boukather and Megan McGehee 15-21, 21-10, 15-13.

  • Stanford women's soccer assistant coach Nicole Van Dyke was promoted to associate head coach, head coach Paul Ratcliffe said.

  • Former Santa Clara goalkeeper Larry Jackson signed with the New England Revolution of MLS.

    Yachting

    Independent lawyers appointed by Yachting New Zealand say two Kiwis punished in an America's Cup scandal shouldn't face further discipline.

    They made the recommendations in the cases of Oracle Team USA crew members Matt Mitchell and Andrew Walker, who were punished by an international jury for the illegal modification of boats used in warm-up regattas. Mitchell was barred from the first four races of the America's Cup and Walker was expelled. Despite being docked two points by the jury, Oracle rallied to beat Team New Zealand on San Francisco Bay.

    Baseball

    The San Rafael Pacifics signed former Amador Valley High pitcher Nick DeBarr, an 11-year minor league veteran. "It would be great playing in my backyard this season here in the Bay Area," he said.

    AFL

    The SaberCats were assigned fullback Odie Armstrong. The team also activated defensive back Simeon Castille. The SaberCats (2-2) host Arizona (3-0) on Saturday at SAP Center. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

    Horse racing

    Central Heat edged 9-to-5 favorite Handfull by a neck in the $25,865 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields. Central Heat, ridden by William Antongeorgi III and trained by Bill Delia, ran 11/16 miles in 1:45.59.

    Staff writers Stephanie Hammon and Jimmy Durkin and wire services contributed to this report.