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Tedford officially out as Cal’s coach

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Rumored to be on his way out as Cal’s head coach leading into this past weekend, it appeared Jeff Tedford was set to receive at least a one-year reprieve after a reported meeting with his athletic director Sunday didn’t result in an immediate dismissal.

As it turns out, that was merely delaying what has long been considered the inevitable.

In a release, Cal announced Tuesday afternoon that Tedford will not serve as its head football coach moving forward.  Tedford informed his players of the athletic department’s decision at a 1 p.m. ET meeting.

Tedford becomes the sixth FBS head coach to either retire or have been fired in the past month.

“For many years, under Jeff Tedford’s leadership, our program represented all that and more,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement. “Coach Tedford deserves credit for the extraordinary effort he undertook to turn this program around and bring us to the heights of a Pac-10 co-championship in 2006. He has served his University admirably, and I will forever be indebted for his commitment and expertise, as well as the positive impact he has made in so many young men’s lives over the years.”

Tedford, who will be owed a $6.9 million buyout paid over three years and minus and collegiate/NFL coaching salary, finishes his 11-year Golden Bears career with a respectable 82-57 record, although the past few years have seen Cal’s on-field performance drop precipitously.

Since leading Cal to a 28-9 record from 2004-06, Tedford has gone just 39-37 in the subsequent six seasons.  The last three, the record has tumbled to 15-22, including a 3-9 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.

“This was an extraordinarily difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors,” Barbour said. “Ultimately, I believed that we needed a change in direction to get our program back on the right track. Cal football is integral to our department and our university, and its influence can be felt well beyond the walls of Memorial Stadium. The program clearly serves as an important part of the connective tissue that binds our community together, and it is imperative that Cal football be recognized as a leader in competitive success, academic achievement and community engagement.”

The early names being bandied about as potential replacements?  Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes and Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter, along with former Stanford assistant and current San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

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11 Responses to “Tedford officially out as Cal’s coach”
  1. centexhorn says: Nov 20, 2012 2:28 PM

    I’m glad this happened. California deserved better. Tedford just had no enthusiasm. And no idea what good football is. It’s a good job. Maybe now they’ll get someone in there who can make the a Pac-12 stronger conference.

  2. getsome99 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    Let’s go Irish!!!

  3. panthrobro says: Nov 20, 2012 2:43 PM

    Tedford did a lot for Cal and gave many players a shot in the pro’s. I think the rest of the conference just got better overall and kind of left him behind. Tedford is 2-12 vs. Oregon, Stanford, and Washington since Chip Kelly, Harbaugh/Shaw, Sarkisian took over those teams. Add in the fact Tedford is 1-5 against Mike Riley at Oregon State over his last 6 games. You can’t keep your job when you get dominated by all the other coaches in the Pac-12 North. He got a nice 7 million dollar severance package though so good for him.

  4. hor2012 says: Nov 20, 2012 3:21 PM

    I never will understand why it’s so hard to win at Cal. I know it’s has high academic standards but the school is located in one of the largest states in the union. I think the next Cal coach may need to adjust thier recuriting philosophy. Recurit speed from Cal and get size from across the nation. I also think that you may need to hire a defensive coach. I don’t know who you could get right now. Maybe the Western KY coach

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 20, 2012 5:07 PM

    getsome99 says:
    Nov 20, 2012 2:32 PM
    Let’s go Irish!!!

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    Troll

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 20, 2012 5:59 PM

    Cal is a Top 20 school, and Tedford overachieved for most of his tenure in Berkley IMO.

    He was the best coach in the Pac 12, see the Steve Spurrier Rule on Burnout.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 20, 2012 6:25 PM

    That’s too bad it didn’t work out for him at Cal. He seemed to be a decent coach except when he was lobbing for a Rose Bowl berth a few years ago and then losing in the Holiday.

  8. gfj7000 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:27 PM

    A very poor decision by Sandy Barbour. I doubt that she has any coaching experience herself, so she truly doesn’t have the knowledge base of what it takes to run and manage a team especially with lots of injuries and personal problems. She’s probably just a ‘statistics hounddog’, just ‘flipping #s pancakes’. Don’t look for any major improvements to this team yet. Barbour has made a MAJOR decision in the wrong direction. Congrats to Tedford for what he did do for the program over this decade – we wish him well as he collects over $6M the school owes him. Comments?

  9. profootballwalk says: Nov 20, 2012 10:31 PM

    gfj7000 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:27 PM

    A very poor decision by Sandy Barbour. I doubt that she has any coaching experience herself, so she truly doesn’t have the knowledge base of what it takes to run and manage a team especially with lots of injuries and personal problems. She’s probably just a ‘statistics hounddog’, just ‘flipping #s pancakes’. Don’t look for any major improvements to this team yet. Barbour has made a MAJOR decision in the wrong direction. Congrats to Tedford for what he did do for the program over this decade – we wish him well as he collects over $6M the school owes him. Comments?
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  10. lew24 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:10 AM

    High academic standards? Lol!

    Look at their graduation rates!

    They get players into school that other programs in Pac 12 couldn’t touch! Shoot Marshawn Lynch went to school there!

  11. rolltide510 says: Nov 21, 2012 10:53 AM

    The high academic standards for incoming football players line isn’t correct, as the previous poster mentioned. Yes Cal is a great school, but they have relaxed admissions standards for football players, something that makes getting owned by Stanford even more embarrassing.

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