Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Ludwig on Cal departure
By ESPN.com staff
Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig bolted California for San Diego State, a move few would call a promotion.
Seeing there's no evidence that Ludwig was forced out, the question is why.
Here's the closest you might get to an explanation from Ludwig, speaking to the San Diego Union Tribune: He wanted his own offense.
Ludwig said he left Cal on very good terms with head coach Jeff Tedford, who he called one of the best offensive minds in all of football. He is the fifth assistant to leave Cal's staff following a 5-7 season (3-6 in Pac-10). It was the opportunity to run an offense his way that lured him to San Diego State.
"At Cal, I was an offensive coordinator with a coach who was also an offensive coordinator," he said. "I'm excited to get back to running my system. I have nothing but positive things to say about my time there and we'll be implementing a similar system to what we had at Cal, just with my signature on it."
Hmm. You wonder what limits Ludwig felt head coach Jeff Tedford put on him?
We still don't know exactly how Tedford will redo his offensive staff, and we might not get official word until after signing day next Wednesday. There's educated speculation that Tedford might want to take a bigger role with quarterback development and play-calling, but we still don't know. We also are still awaiting confirmation that offensive line coach Jim Michalczik will rejoin the staff -- and might he be the next coordinator?
Cal will be breaking in a new quarterback in 2011, and we really -- perhaps for the first time in the Tedford Era -- have no idea of what the pecking order will be coming out of spring practices. What we do know is the offense was mediocre with senior Kevin Riley and just plain bad after he got hurt.
Seems like a good time for the offensive-minded head coach to take charge and put his stamp on what happens next.