Are Cal and Jeff Tedford Parting Ways?

By Patrick Schmidt
Mark J. Rebilas – US PRESSWIRE

California and head coach Jeff Tedford may be parting ways following the season finale against Oregon State on Saturday.

The 11th season for Tedford has been his worst in his tenure at Berkeley and brings a 3-8 record into this weekend’s contest against the Beavers after getting steamrolled by Oregon last week.

This is continuing a downward spiral for Tedford at Cal where the Bears have struggled the past three seasons averaging a meager five wins over that span.

Things haven’t always been this bad for Tedford who enjoyed quite a bit of success after resurrecting the football program with notable players like Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, and DeSean Jackson who starred for Cal during Tedford’s glory days at the university.

However, the glory days are far in the rear view mirror now and according to the comments made by to the Contra Costa Times, athletic director Sandy Barbour said, “We need to resolve quickly what are the solutions to getting Cal football moving in the right direction.”

That is not exactly a ringing endorsement for Tedford to return for a 12th season.

Tedford will be owed $6.9 million if he is fired, but that is a mere pittance for a major program that just renovated the football stadium.

I would expect Cal to make a big splash with their next coach, assuming Tedford is indeed fired; the team has fallen behind Stanford in recent years and now UCLA in the state, and need to hit a home run with their next coach as they did with Tedford long ago.


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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here

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