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.