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Big Game loss might result in the big boot for Jeff Tedford

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The seat underneath Cal coach Jeff Tedford’s keister was getting quite toasty before the 2012 season kicked off. With truckloads of money being poured into facilities and upgrades, time is no longer a luxury for Teford, who is in his 11th year with the program.

Following a 21-3 loss to No. 22 Stanford in Saturday’s Big Game — the Cardinal’s third straight win in the rivalry — Tedford’s seat should officially be causing third-degree burns.

The loss puts Cal at 3-5 on the season and the Golden Bears still have games against Washington, Oregon and Oregon State, all crucial Pac-12 North meetings.

Tedford has had some successful years in Berkeley, namely in 2004 and ’06, which saw Cal make a pair of Holiday Bowl appearances after 10-win seasons. Lately, though, Cal has been just above a .500 program in one of the tougher divisions in college football. Tedford also hasn’t been able to land the next big quarterback like some thought he would be able to do.

With four games left, the Golden Bears look like they’ll struggle to even become bowl eligible. Unless Tedford can knock off Oregon or Oregon State, Cal might be looking to upgrade its coach to match its upgraded facilities.

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5 Responses to “Big Game loss might result in the big boot for Jeff Tedford”
  1. dirtydrew says: Oct 20, 2012 7:03 PM

    Tedford is done. He made some strides in the program, but has now come up short when compared to Stanford under Harbaugh and now David Shaw. The alumni has proof what a dynamic coach can do, and he ain’t it,

  2. jkaflagg says: Oct 20, 2012 8:10 PM

    Finally, the Tom Holmoe effect has worn off…it used to be anytime someone would question why the Bears were chronic underachievers, they would say “Tom Holmoe” and Tedford would immediately get a raise, a contract extension and a vote of confidence…..Tedford did wonderful things rebuilding the program, but that was many years ago and the emergence of Stanford has raised the stakes to a level he can’t match…..time to move on.

  3. irishdodger says: Oct 20, 2012 11:22 PM

    They finally get upgraded facilities & his team spits the bit. I remember when he was the hot name that showed up in coaching searches. He stayed true to Cal, but now it looks like he’ll be shown the door barring a turnaround. Probably didn’t help losing uber-recruiter Tosh Lopoi. He took some key recruits to UW w/ him.

  4. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 21, 2012 12:21 AM

    Do the Cal folks really think someone better than Tedford is going to want the job?

    Reminds me of Pitt – a couple of years ago, they couldn’t fire Wannstedt fast enough – the fans were CERTAIN that the next BIG name would want to come coach at Pitt. But, they offered a minimal salary, crappy recruiting grounds, and now they are on their 3rd coach already, and the glory days of Wannstedt and his last 8-win season and 3-way tie for a conference title are far, far in the rearview mirror.

  5. billybobyall says: Oct 21, 2012 1:38 AM

    Douche lupoi really only took 1 recruit with him to uw & that was thompson. The other two verbal went to fucla. All 3 verbaled @ the Army all-American game on tv but bailed after to$hy-boy stabbed Cal in the back. He promised Tedford with his word & a handshake (after Cal matched uw’s offers twice) that he’d stay but he left a voicemail during the early morning hours when he knew Tedford was on a plane & cleared out his stuff @ 2am & didn’t have the stones to inform his players. He also went (the NEXT DAY) to Thompson’s house in uw clothes the day after he was there recruiting for Cal! Better yet, he was recruiting foe uw while STILL employed by Cal! D-bag!

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