While California head coach Cuonzo Martin was linked to the Georgia Tech job, it was Memphis's Josh Pastner who got the gig, and with his departure from the Tigers, comes more news: Four-star point guard commit Charlie Moore has pulled out of his commitment.
Moore took an unofficial to Cal back the first week of November, and committed to Memphis on Nov. 12.
“They are a family,” Moore said of the Bears program. “It’s a family like atmosphere down there."
Moore -- a 5-foot-11 point guard out of Chicago -- knows former Cal point guard Jerome Randle, and the Bears were considered serious contenders for Moore before he chose Memphis.
Per his Mac Irving Fire coach Mike Irvin, Moore signed a National Letter of Intent with the Tigers, however, there was a clause in there about being released if Pastner was no longer coach.
Another Mac Irvin Fire coach, Nick Irvin, told BearTerritory that Moore will give Memphis a chance to re-recruit him, and is open to all schools. He is currently in the process of getting his release from his National Letter of Intent.
Sources say that Wisconsin and Northwestern have been in contact, and it's expected that Cal will be, soon, given that they currently have one 2016 commit -- weekend official visitor Dontae Coleman -- and are angling for one more in Nick Robinson, also officially visiting this week.
The wrinkle with Moore is that his main recruiter was Yann Hufnagel, who dropped his appeal of the termination process yesterday, a process brought on by those sexual harassment allegations. Head coach Cuonzo Martin is part of a review by the University into the mandatory reporters of that harassment, to see if he and others who received complaints from a female reporter acted correctly in the situation, given information that they had.
Hufnagel dropped his appeal of the termination proceedings -- which, a source said, would have resulted in one of three conclusions: the punishment (termination) was too harsh, the punishment was correct (in which case, he'd be fired) or no punishment at all was warranted -- on Thursday because, his lawyer Mary McNamara said, "the toxic environment at UC, Berkeley has made it impossible for Mr. Hufnagel to rejoin the basketball team he loves, even if he is vindicated in full, as the facts would show. He needs to look out for the student-athletes he coached, as well as his own future."