During his days as a student at Cal, Michael Williams considered it to be a special coup that he knew someone with keys to old Harmon Gym, allowing him and his friends to play late-night pickup basketball.
As interim athletic director at Cal, Williams, 53, is now that guy.
"When I went up to Memorial Stadium and I had a pass that opened the football offices, it was unbelievable," Williams said Wednesday during his first media interview since being given the keys to operate Cal's athletic department.
"There are elements of this that are just a dream job," said Williams, a former Cal wrestler now retired from a successful career in investment management. Williams officially began his job Wednesday as interim replacement for Sandy Barbour.
Alameda's Grace Na defeated Sydney Youngblood of Durant, Oklahoma, in 19 holes in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in DuPont, Washington. U.S. Open qualifier Lucy Li of Redwood Shores lost in 19 holes to Alice Chen.
Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.
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