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

Mack 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, 44, has guided the Musketeers to a record of 111-57 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.

  • 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 from Duke, 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.


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    The Spartans and Aggies will both 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 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) both qualified for the individual all-around competition.

  • The Saint Mary's sand volleyball team improved to 9-0 with a 4-1 victory at Stanford (2-7).

  • 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.

  • The Santa Clara softball team (5-23) lost to Utah Valley 12-4 in six innings. Stephanie Fisher went 3 for 3 for the Broncos.

    San Jose Giants

    Jesus Galindo had a pair of RBI singles, leading the San Jose Giants to a 5-2 win over Bakersfield in their Cal League home opener at Municipal Stadium on Thursday night.

    Jeremy Affeldt (knee sprain) pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning, striking out two, in a rehab appearance for the Giants.

    San Jose starter Joan Gregorio allowed one earned run and six hits in five innings.

    Mac Williamson added an RBI double for the Giants.

    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.

    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.

    Staff writer Jimmy Durkin and wire servics contributed to this report.