Pac-12: Pete Caroll

Tedford agrees to contract extension

January, 1, 2009

Posted by'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.

Carroll says McKnight injury not serious

August, 18, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- I'd probably be remiss if I didn't include a note in about USC TB Joe McKnight joining QB Mark Sanchez in the Royal Golf Cart for the Injured Sunday with a hyperextended elbow, but coach Pete Carroll downplayed the severity of the injury to reporters after practice.

He said: "It's not damaged or anything like that." And added, "I don't think it will be but a couple of days."

McKnight tweaked the elbow during Saturday's scrimmage.

I will be at the 4 p.m. practice, so I'll fire out an update if it turns out to be something more serious.

Pac-10 Sunday: Hitting all 10 programs

August, 3, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

Practice? You're talking about practice? Not a game?


  • The Arizona Daily Star provides a thorough look at Arizona's green defense, which probably only needs to be mediocre for the Wildcats to earn their first bowl berth since 1998.
  • Is Arizona State ready for its closeup? I'll be visiting today and Monday to find out. In the meantime, here are 10 questions to occupy your Sun Devil curiosity.
  • Jonathan Okanes whets California fans appetites with a list of newcomers to watch, while the Contra Costa Times doesn't just see a lot of questions with the Bears -- it sees a slew of them.
  • Speaking of Cal -- who's the QB? Bet Jeff Tedford gets tired of questions about who's winning between Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley. Rusty Simmons has other questions, too.
  • Oregon received a preseason ranking in the coaches poll. It starts camp trying to prove it's worthy of being No. 20... or perhaps higher. If the Ducks plan to fly, they may need to do it without touted DT recruit Justin Thompson.
  • CB Brandon Hughes will lead the Oregon State secondary. Here's a day 2 report from Oregon State camp, including notes on QB Sean Canfield shaking off the rust. And even more, including a look at RB Jeremy Francis.
  • Stanford has quarterback questions, but developing a running game may be even more important because it inevitably will help whoever wins the job.
  • Brian Dohn is going position-by-position on his UCLA blog. Starts his review of the OL with, "Uh-oh." Dohn also talked to offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who subscribes to the KISS theory of offense: Keep It Simple Stupid.
  • The Press-Enterprise adds to the discussion with its "Bruins Breakdown."
  • A report from Pete Carroll's LA LivePeace "March for Kids." Among the nuggets: "Winning ain't that hard." On the football side of things, here's a Trojans Breakdown (notice the Press-Enterprise using a them here) and a story on Mark Sanchez.
  • Speaking of Breakdowns -- Washington needs answers this season or more upheaval is likely.
  • The Tacoma News Tribune has a nice package of stories on the Huskies. The top one is on the D-line. Also, good stuff here on the precarious coaching situation for Tyrone Willingham and, of course, QB Jake Locker.
  • What issues are Washington State facing? Some ideas here.
  • Finally, Bud Withers does a fine job of reviewing the arduous journey of Washington State coach Paul Wulff.