The state’s highest paid worker is none other than Jeff Tedford, the head football coach at Cal.
Cal’s seven-year postseason streak was snapped this weekend, when it lost to Washington. Cal finished the season 5-7. The team is going in reverse, and it comes as the school’s athletic program is cutting other sports, as I’ve written previously.
“Last week, the UC Regents voted to raise student tuition by 8%. Many UC Berkeley students protested the hike, and some were arrested. But while Cal Berkeley students join the rest of their UC colleagues in paying more, the school’s football coach, Jeff Tedford, has a $2.5 million contract that makes him the highest paid state employee,” according to Beyond Chron.
“He earned $2,831,653.50 in 2007-08, and currently earns $2.3 million. He was given a contract extension at this exorbitant amount through 2015, despite not having taken Cal to a major bowl game in several years.
“While no state money is used for Tedford’s contract (it is paid by donations to the athletic department), it has no buyout provision; this means that Cal would have to use public funds — as much as $10 million — if they now fired him. The only hope for long suffering Cal football fans is that Tedford looks in the mirror, realize he’s taking advantage, and resigns.”
As a Cal graduate and lifelong fan I wanted to support the Tedford regime, but this shows how college sports is out of control at the expense of academics.
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