What they're saying about Cal's hiring of Mike Montgomery:

  • "I'm definitely excited about it. I guess a little surprised it happened so early in the process, but I'm happy with the decision. He's a winning coach, he coached in the NBA -- that's good enough for me as a player. I'm looking forward to getting started with him." -- Cal guard Patrick Christopher

  • "I think it's a great hire. I don't know anyone who follows basketball at all who would say anything else." -- Washington coach Lorenzo Romar

  • "So much has changed in the last two weeks. We're still kind of hurting for (ex-coach) Ben (Braun) not being a part of the program. Coach Braun didn't leave here hated. He left here loved. (But) with Coach Montgomery's track record and what we know about him, of course, it's exciting." -- Cal forward Jamal Boykin

  • "His professional move (to the Warriors) didn't turn out very well. That happens with so many good coaches. I think the bug of coaching just got him. His teams have always been solid -- that's the important thing." -- Cal coaching legend Pete Newell

  • "Mike is a great guy and a great friend. I'm glad to have him back. We need guys like that in the coaching profession." -- Arizona coach Lute Olson

  • "I think in terms of first and foremost him being a great character person. Then there's the tradition of winning teams. That appeals to us. Also, look at the players he's coached -- they've gone on to do great things after college." -- Cal forward Theo Robertson

  • "Having grown up in the Bay Area myself and having been at Stanford, there's a rivalry and everything. But it's hard not to have respect for Cal. They're not the evil empire over there. Coach Montgomery feels the same, I think. I know he has a lot of respect for the school. ... As a Stanford guy, they got a good one." -- Portland coach and Stanford grad Eric Reveno

  • "It's a coup for Cal and it's great for Mike." -- Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen

  • "I think it's very exciting. But it really doesn't exceed my expectations. When I think of the university as a whole, I definitely expect excellence everywhere." -- Cal guard Nican Robinson