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Sunday come-to-Jesus meeting for Tedford, Cal?

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Outside of a pair of SEC coaches, there’s likely not a hotter coaching seat in the country than Cal’s Jeff Tedford.

For better or worse for both the coach and the program, the beginning of a resolution could come as early as this coming weekend.

According to the Contra Costa Times, Tedford and athletic director Sandy Barbour could meet as early as this Sunday to discuss the future of the football program.  The Bears’ final game of the 2012 season is this Saturday against Oregon State, and Barbour doesn’t sound like an individual who will shuffle her feet when it comes to the most important financial piece of the athletic department’s puzzle.

“We need to resolve quickly what are the solutions to getting Cal football moving in the right direction,” she said. “My first and foremost driver in any decision I will make is what’s right for Cal.”

Whether Tedford continuing on in his current position is the right direction moving forward remains to be seen.

Since leading Cal to a 28-9 record from 2004-06, Tedford has gone just 39-36 in the subsequent five-plus seasons.  The last three, the record has tumbled to 15-21, including a 3-8 mark this season that’s easily the worst of Tedford’s 11 seasons at Cal.

Even more distressing for the alumni and fan base is how far the Bears have lagged behind their bitter rivals.  As Cal has struggled mightily the past three years, Stanford has gone 31-5 and turned the Big Game into the Big Rout — the Cardinal has won the last three by an average of 18 points per game.

For a university that just took on hundreds of millions of dollars in debt renovating the football stadium, that level of performance on all fronts is far from acceptable, even for a coach who resurrected the program from the ashes just a decade ago.

Another factor when it comes to Tedford’s future at Cal: Tedford’s buyout if he’s fired after the season would be $6.9 million, minus whatever he would make as a head coach or assistant at either the collegiate or NFL level over the next three years.  On that point, and as the great Jon Wilner of the Times put it earlier this month

The $6.9 million is a pittance compared to the $66 million Cal collected from donors for an upfront payment on the high-performance training center.

So if you’re wondering whether the Bears can afford it, the answer is: Of course they can afford it.

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6 Responses to “Sunday come-to-Jesus meeting for Tedford, Cal?”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 14, 2012 10:07 AM

    Tedford will be unemployed for a whole 2 minutes. He’s a great coach that has put some really great players in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, Desean Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, as well as quite a few others.

    He can recruit and he can definitely coach. Texas Tech maybe? Every indication is that Tuberville is going back to the SEC at Arkansas.

  2. panthrobro says: Nov 14, 2012 12:07 PM

    I think it pretty obvious why Tedfords not winning like he used to. Oregon, Washington, and Stanford. Chip Kelly, Steve Sarkisian, and Jim Harbaugh/David Shaw all started having regular success.

    Cal just needs everyone else to suck again lol.

  3. panthrobro says: Nov 14, 2012 1:50 PM

    Why the thumbs down Cal fans? Truth hurts? Fact: Tedford is 2-12 vs. Oregon, Stanford, and Washington since Chip Kelly, Harbaugh/Shaw, Sarkisian took over those teams.

  4. lew24 says: Nov 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    Great coach? If he had all that NFL talent why didn’t he win more? Cal has been better since he took over but they are a mediocre program now.

  5. trojan33sc says: Nov 14, 2012 2:26 PM

    Jeff Tedford was my QB at Fresno State and the reality is that he needs the new $66M facility to recruit just like Oregon put a substantial facility in place. He was instrumental in helping the money be raised for that speecific purpose so now you want to yank him PRIOR to the new center being put in place ??? PLEASE, makes no sense. My first two years of college ball were at USC and i attend Trojan Fooball Alumni meetings regularly, the bottom line is that even USC put their new facitlity in place to compete for what were normally their kids that now sign with Oregon. Kids want the nice facliities and without that you don’t get the 5 star recruits. Let the man finish what he resurrected !!!

  6. sisqsage says: Nov 14, 2012 7:23 PM

    The good coach put his East Bay mansion on the market before the season started.
    He knew what was in store.
    The Aaron Rodgers recruiting story will always fascinate me. Tedford takes a trip to Butte College and ends up with Rodgers and his starting tight end for like the next two years.
    He hasn’t come close to that kind of success in recruiting since, at QB anyway.
    Was Tedford just lucky or was the lightly recruited Rodgers a once in a lifetime prospect everyone else missed on?

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