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Mistakes cost Cal in game, bowl eligibility

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Let’s get one thing straight. Washington may have stumbled to a 21-13 win over Cal Friday night, but no one really won. Unless you enjoy turnovers and/or possible point-shaving, in which case you likely had a blast watching these two teams play.

Each team had four turnovers — four of which came in the span of 11 snaps at one point — during an ugly game that also featured 19 penalties and a missed field goal. The Bears were already playing without star receiver Keenan Allen┬ábecause of a knee injury, but the injury woes didn’t end there. Quarterback Zach Maynard also went down with a knee injury late in the fourth quarter and had to be carted off the field. Injuries have been a dagger for Jeff Tedford‘s team this season.

Speaking of Tedford, Friday night’s loss puts his team at 3-7 and officially out of the race for a bowl game. The Bears don’t have it easy to end the season either with their final two games against Oregon and Oregon State. A three or four-win campaign would undoubtedly put Tedford at or near the top of this year’s hot seat list. Cal really hasn’t done much since a 10-win season in 2006 and time is running short on Tedford to turn it around.

It might take a huge upset against the Ducks for him to keep his job.

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10 Responses to “Mistakes cost Cal in game, bowl eligibility”
  1. John A. says: Nov 3, 2012 1:12 AM

    Tedford isn’t going anywhere. He has *no* buyout provision in his contract; so if Cal fires him, they owe him for the balance of his contract… which is $6.9 MILLION after this season.

    No way he’s going anywhere, not with the university taking so much heat over that recent Memorial Stadium refurb that cost over a third of a billion dollars and Tedford’s contract.


  2. rap49er says: Nov 3, 2012 1:17 AM

    Cal beat the Ducks. Yeah, right!!

  3. mydixienormus says: Nov 3, 2012 1:26 AM

    Point shaving????

  4. beastmode5150 says: Nov 3, 2012 2:17 AM

    Horrid article. Umm, did you see how many mistakes UW made? They still win, they were tougher.

  5. tonystrong says: Nov 3, 2012 6:54 AM

    I’m sure Cal’s got many boosters who can come up with Tedford’s buyout. It’s 6.9 million, I’m sure they can work out a payment plan that will get the job done. And he’s got to go. This program is headed south and keeping him will only pro long his firing and lead to another miserable year for Cal in it’s brand new stadium. That’s not going to happen. The program is low on talent and has no QB. Not much keeping Tedford’s job secure. Add that to the success school’s like UCLA, Arizona, and Arizona State have had under new coaches and the writing’s on the wall. Tedford will be gone!

  6. queenlivekillers says: Nov 3, 2012 7:15 AM

    Remember the talk a few years ago that had Tedford on the short list for almost every NFL head coaching job that opened up? Ain’t it funny how time slips away?

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 3, 2012 10:22 AM

    Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  8. normtide says: Nov 3, 2012 12:33 PM

    Auburn’s coach has a $7.5-$10 million buyout and won a crystal football two years ago. He is most likely gone. Tedford had a soft ten win season. If Cal keeps him, they deserve what they get. Football more then pays for itself, or should at the AQ level.

  9. dirtydrew says: Nov 3, 2012 3:30 PM

    Dead coach walk’in.

  10. pedagoguish says: Nov 4, 2012 3:41 PM

    Are there really Cal graduates that care enough about football to fork out $6+ million for a new coach? I thought they were all nuclear physicists, war protesters, flower children, ‘n stuff. Who really cares about the golden bears?

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