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Tedford agrees to contract extension

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

California head coach Jeff Tedford has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Berkeley through the 2015 season, the school announced Thursday.

Tedford has guided the Golden Bears to a 59-30 record over the past seven years, including a 9-4 mark this past season, and six consecutive bowl appearances. Cal defeated Miami, 24-17, in the Emerald Bowl Dec. 27 to improve his postseason record to 5-1.

The financial support for Tedford's contract is being provided by Athletic Department's self-generated revenue.

Here's a story on the contract that was extended, which could pay him more than $4 million if he meets all his incentives. Tedford is the Pac-10's second-highest paid coach behind USC's Pete Carroll.

"On behalf of our entire University community, I want to congratulate Coach Tedford on the outstanding job that he has done with our football team, achieving both on-field and academic success," Cal chancellor Robert Birgeneau said in a statement. "Under coach Tedford, the football program now provides a reliable and robust financial underpinning for the entire Cal Athletics Department, helping to support 14 women's and 13 men's intercollegiate teams."

A two-time Pac-10 coach of the year (2002 and 2004), Tedford has averaged 8.4 victories per season for the Bears -- the highest for any coach in Cal history -- with 10-win campaigns coming in 2004 and 2006. Overall, his 59 wins are the most for the school in a seven-year stretch in more than 80 years.

"Not only does this extension reaffirm my dedication to Cal, but it demonstrates the long-term commitment the Athletic Department and University of California have to our program," Tedford said. "I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and am excited for our players, staff and fans about the direction of the program, especially with construction of the Student-Athlete High Performance Center now underway."

Under Tedford's guidance, Cal has been ranked among the nation's top 10 in four different seasons and finished among the Top 25 three times. In 2006, the Bears tied for the Pac-10 title, their first conference championship since 1975. Before Tedford's arrival on campus, Cal went 1-10 in 2001 and had not had a winning season since 1993.