Cal's search for a new athletic director could take almost a year, said Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, who will rely on significant input from the interim A.D. that he appointed two weeks ago.
In his first public comments since announcing June 27 that Sandy Barbour was out after a decade on the job, Dirks provided more details on his expected timeline and the process that will determine the next A.D.
Cal alum Michael Williams will begin his assignment as interim A.D. on Tuesday. He will run the department while providing Dirks with feedback on what he sees as priorities going forward.
Dirks said nothing tangible, including the hiring of a search firm or the assembling of a search committee, will begin until the Chancellor's Task Force on Academics and Athletics provides its recommendations. That report was scheduled to be delivered by late June but now is expected in September.
Dirks created that panel last fall to generate a plan to improve the academic standing of Cal's sports teams.
Because most candidates will be employed at other schools, Dirks said he doesn't expect to complete the process sooner than February or March, possibly not until June. "We're going to pause for a minute. We don't have to rush," he said.
Williams has agreed to stay on for up to a year. He's being paid a salary, Dirks said, but will fold that into his philanthropic giving to his alma mater. Dirks reiterated Williams doesn't want to be a candidate for the permanent position.
San Jose Giants
Brandon Bednar hit a two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning, helping San Jose to a 5-1 win over Bakersfield at Municipal Stadium. Bednar also doubled in a two-run eighth.
The 49ers will host training camp practices Aug. 4, Aug. 15 and Aug. 20 at Levi's Stadium, and a limited number of fans will have the opportunity to attend each session.
Wire services contributed to this report.