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Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Cal OC quits, hopes to move up to NFL or return home

Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California offensive coordinator George Cortez left the program Wednesday to pursue a job as an NFL assistant coach.

Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford hopes to name a successor this week.

Cortez had been with the Golden Bears since Tedford took over the program in 2002, also serving as quarterbacks coach. He was the top assistant in an offense mostly run by Tedford, who calls Cal's plays and oversees his quarterbacks' development.

The parting was amicable and expected, Tedford said.

Cortez, a veteran CFL assistant coach who left the Calgary Stampeders in 2001 to join Tedford's staff, hopes to become an NFL assistant or move back to his native Texas.

Receivers coach Eric Kiesau also left the Bears earlier in the offseason, becoming the receivers coach and passing game coordinator under new Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins.