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California fires coach Braun after 12 seasons

Updated: March 26, 2008, 11:22 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Cal fired men's basketball coach Ben Braun Wednesday after 12 seasons, citing lack of NCAA tournament appearances over the past five years.

Braun had a 219-154 record and guided the team to five NCAA tournament berths and three National Invitation Tournaments. In 1996-97, Cal reached the Sweet 16 and Braun earned Pac-10 coach of the year honors. He guided the 1998-99 team to the NIT championship.

The Bears finished ninth in the Pac-10 this season, going 6-12, 17-16 overall. ...

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