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Jeff Tedford fired at Cal after 11 seasons
by Bruce Feldman cbssportsline.com
After 11 seasons as California's head coach that included nine winning seasons, Jeff Tedford is out as the Bears head coach, a source told CBS Sports on Tuesday.
Tedford worked wonders with a Cal program that was coming off its worst season in school history, a 1-10 record in 2001 and the Bears hadn't had a winning season in almost a decade. Tedford promptly went 7-5 in his debut season. In his third season, his team went 10-2 and finished No. 9 in the country.
Tedford gained a reputation as a QB guru, and developed many NFL quarterbacks. He not only discovered Aaron Rodgers, but helped turn him into an NFL star. Ironically, it was the program's inability to develop a quarterback since Rodgers moved on seven years ago that ultimately led to Tedford being forced out.
Cal is only 9-18 in conference play play the past three seasons. This fall, Cal (3-9, 2-7 Pac-12) finished the season on a five-game losing streak and lost its final two games by a combined score of 121-31 to the two Oregon schools.
Some potential candidates the school might consider nclude: Boise State's Chris Petersen, San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre, Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart, Vandy's James Franklin, former Stanford assistant Greg Roman, Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes and Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter.
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