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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
3-point stance: Tedford a victim of success

By Ivan Maisel

1. It is a measure of Jeff Tedford’s success through 11 seasons in Berkeley that Cal fired him with a record of 82-57 (.590). He may have been a victim of that success -- Tedford went 28-9 from 2004-06, when the USC dynasty kept Cal from its first Rose Bowl since the 1950s. Tedford helped push through the $321 million renovation of Memorial Stadium. But that expenditure demanded winning, and the Bears went 3-9 this year. His career may have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome -- Cal got tired of him.

2. Mike Price’s retirement at UTEP on Monday got buried beneath the Big Ten expansion avalanche of news, which is fitting. Price operated outside the mainstream for his long career. He coached Washington State to two Rose Bowls, and his Miner teams have hovered around .500 for 10 seasons, which is hard to do at UTEP. His only time in the mainstream was a disastrous five months at Alabama, where his reputation was ravaged for what turned out to be not much at all.

3. The rise of the NFL coincided with the demise of urban college football powers: SMU, Rice, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, etc., etc. Yet more and more NFL stadiums are serving as bowl sites. The latest news came Tuesday, when the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl announced that it will move from its baseball home at AT&T Park into the 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara when it opens in 2014. That’s a great move for the bowl, and another sign of how the postseason has become a consolation prize for college football in the big city.