Denver Nuggets assistant coach Mike Dunlap joined the mix Wednesday in the search for Cal's next basketball coach.

Dunlap, 50, told the Rocky Mountain News he spoke for the first time with Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour.

"It was just an informal get-to-know-you deal. It was very comfortable," said Dunlap, who established his reputation as a successful Division II coach at Metro State in Denver and has the endorsement of Cal coaching legend Pete Newell.

As the college basketball community migrated to San Antonio before the start of the Final Four on Saturday, it seems Cal has no firm timetable to name a replacement for Ben Braun, fired a week ago Wednesday after 12 seasons.

Nevada's Mark Fox and St. Mary's Randy Bennett apparently remain on the Golden Bears' list along with, perhaps, San Diego's Bill Grier.

Grier, the former Gonzaga assistant, reportedly was offered a six-year, $4.2 million deal by Oregon State on Tuesday, but has not signed with the Beavers and may still be talking with Cal representatives.

Meanwhile, Villanova coach Jay Wright, despite being rumored as a candidate and perhaps even a finalist, had not been contacted by Cal as of Wednesday evening and has no plans to leave his job in the Big East Conference. That's according to two sources familiar with his situation at the Philadelphia school.

Although Cal has been interested in Washington State's Tony Bennett, it seems clear he is not a candidate.


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Bennett is being mentioned as a possibility at Marquette in his home state of Wisconsin, but those close the WSU program believe it when he says he wouldn't take another Pac-10 job.