After 11 years as the head football coach with the California Golden Bears, the Jeff Tedford era is over. The university announced their decision to part ways with the long time coach on Tuesday.
Tedford is still owed $6.9 million over the final three years of his contract.
”This was an extraordinarily difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement. ”Ultimately, I believed that we needed a change in direction to get our program back on the right track.
”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.”
During his time at Cal, Tedford won a school-record 82 games. He also coached the likes of Aaron Rodgers, DeSean Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Tedford’s programs consistently pumped out NFL talent, having an impressive 40 players drafted into the NFL during his reign.
Tedford released a statement of his own thanking Cal for the opportunity they gave him as the school’s head coach.
”All involved can feel a great sense of pride with their sacrifice, contributions and commitment that have made it possible to have the winningest tenure in Cal football history,” said Tedford.
”We all can be very proud of helping to build a renovated Memorial Stadium that will have a positive impact on many athletes, fans and staff members for years to come. I will never forget the most gratifying part of these last 11 years, and that has been the relationships with the players I have had the special opportunity to watch grow academically, physically, socially and spiritually. To watch this process and be a part of their growth and development has been a blessing.”
Tedford will be missed at Cal. He holds multiple school records including games coached and bowl wins. It will be a tough act to follow for the next Golden Bears head coach.