California fired coach Jeff Tedford today. Here's a statement, released by Cal, from Tedford:
“I want to thank the University of California for the opportunity to be a part of this great university and community. I am so grateful to all of the coaches, players and support staff for playing such a vital role in making Cal Football relevant while enjoying winning seasons nine of 11 years. 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. 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. The Tedford family is blessed to have built so many great relationships and create memories that will last a lifetime. I am most proud that through the sacrifices we have made over the last 11 years, my wife and two sons are the foundation and joy of my life. We wish the university much success – Go Bears!”
Well done by Tedford. Good to see a lack of acrimony.
By the way, Cal AD Sandy Barbour will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. PT today. You can watch it on the Pac-12 Network.
Coverage will be anchored by Mike Yam, Rick Neuheisel and Ronnie Lott from Pac-12 Networks' San Francisco studios with Ashley Adamson reporting from Cal.