Cal’s football team began the year with a No. 6 national ranking and hopes of going to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 50 years. The Golden Bears ended with a loss to Utah on Wednesday in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Cal has had top talent – Marshawn Lynch, DeSean Jackson, Jahvid Best.
But Coach Jeff Tedford seems more wrapped up in “Xs and Os” than being a head coach.
The play calling is inconsistent, the team is not fired up and his ballyhooed genius as a quarterback coach has not materialized.
Tedford’s had the chance: He’s been coach since 2002. Along the way, Cal’s program has been eclipsed by other Pac-10 teams in the “middle of the pack.” Stanford appears to be the next one.
To be sure, Tedford is a class act, a good recruiter and has led the team to a series of post-season bowl games as a first-time head coach. You won’t find a nicer guy.
Tedford’s predecessor, Tom Holmoe, resigned after the team went 1-10, its worst record in history.
Tedford’s also suffered through plans to modernize the stadium, when people camped out in a tree, stalling the project. That’s not his fault, and a musty old workout facility doesn’t help recruiting much.
Tedford might be better suited for the pros, just as USC’s Pete Carroll was better as a college coach.
But there’s a lot of coaching talent out there. You get at least $1.5 million annually for the job, too.
It’s probably time to bite the bullet and start looking for a replacement.