Kelley L. Coz / USA TODAY Sports

Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin responds to his mentions as a candidate for coaching positions at NC State, Illinois and Missouri

Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin addressed the rumors surrounding job openings across the nation for which he's been mentioned as a candidate.

Rumors have been flying around in recent weeks that several high major programs are taking at least a look at the possibility of luring Cuonzo Martin away from California. Martin has been mentioned as a possible candidate should Illinois fire John Groce, a possible candidate for the now-vacant post at NC State and as a possible candidate to replace Kim Anderson at Missouri.

Asked for a response to these rumors on Tuesday, Martin said "I don't think there's a response."

Martin, a former shooting guard for Purdue under Gene Keady, is from East St. Louis, Ill., and coached at Missouri State, so the Illini and the Tigers are two programs which each make a measure of sense.

Martin signed a contact extension in late October of last year with the Bears, under which he will reportedly make an average of $1.84 million per year, through the 2020-21 season. 

BearTerritory requested Martin's full contract extension one week ago, under the Public Records Act, but has not received a response from the UC Berkeley Department of Public Records.

UPDATE: According to the contract extension obtained by BearTerritory on March 8, Martin (or whoever would hire him away) would have to pay the University $1.2 million, if he terminates the contract prior to April 14, 2017. The entire extended contract is linked below.

PDF iconMartin, C - 14Apr2021.pdf

On Tuesday, before the Bears (19-11, 10-8 in Pac-12) depart for Las Vegas and the Pac-12 Tournament, BearTerritory asked Martin about the rumors surrounding his possible departure.

"My job, I work for Cal," Martin said. "That's what it means for me. I didn't have a response last year, when things were taking place. My job is to do my job, and I work for Cal, and that is the most important thing for me. Anything other than that, I don't consume myself with it." Top Stories