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Mike Montgomery may have coached his final game for Cal.

Montgomery is scheduled to meet with Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour on Monday, at which time he will let Barbour know his plans for the future, ESPN's Andy Katz reported Sunday.

Montgomery had been leaning toward retirement as recently as last week, according to the report, and Cal is preparing as though Montgomery will retire. Cal has already enlisted the assistance of a search firm that would help in the hunt for a successor to Montgomery if he retires.

Montgomery, who turned 67 on February 27, has not informed his players or the administration of his decision yet, according o the ESPN report.

Montgomery, who also coached at Stanford and Montana, has won 677 games in Division I, which places him fifth among active coaches. Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino are the only active coaches with more victories as a Division I coach.

Montgomery led Cal to a 21-14 overall record this season, including 10-8 in the Pac-12 and two victories in the NIT. The Bears' season ended Wednesday at SMU in the NIT quarterfinals.

Montgomery has coached the Bears for six seasons, leading them to four NCAA tournament appearances. The Bears earned their first regular-season conference title in 50 years under Montgomery in 2010.

Montgomery previously had a successful run at Stanford, which was ranked No. 1 on several occasions while Montgomery was the Cardinal's coach. Stanford reached the Final Four in 1998 under Montgomery.

Montgomery coached the Golden State Warriors for two seasons, going 68-96.

He had bladder cancer surgery in 2011.

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