By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 11:28 pm in off-season stuff.
I know there is a faction of fans who seem to think DeSean Jackson didn’t get along with Jeff Tedford. It was hard to tell that based on today’s conference call in which Jackson announced his intention to enter the NFL draft.
Jackson and Tedford were both on the call. Jackson spoke first, and when his time was up, he said, “Love you, Coach Tedford.” “You too, pal,” Tedford said back.
Tedford also later spoke of his relationship with Jackson.
“We’ve always been close,” he said. “With any kid, there’s a growth process there. I’ve always been close to DeSean and I think he’s always trusted me for advice. I have tried to be a leader for him to guide him through things he needs to do, and I think he’s grown quite a bit since he’s been at Cal, in a lot of ways. We have a very good relationship and I’m sure we will have a very good relationship in the future. I wish him nothing but the best. I appreciate everything that he’s done for our program. I wish him nothing but success in the future.”
Jackson also said he’s planning on getting his degree from Cal.
“That’s a must for me,” he said. “My mom is definitely very supportive of my school. She wanted me to come back to Cal and get my degree. I definitely want to come back to Cal. The education is wonderful. I have to get my degree. I have no choice but to get it. That would make my mom happy, and obviously that would be better for me.”
Tedford said not only has Jackson helped the Bears have success on the field, he’s aided with recruiting as well. Jackson spurned USC to come to Cal.
“It’s opened up an avenue to show other players that they can kind of reach out and do what’s best for themselves,” Tedford said. “I use him as an example all the time with other recruits. When you’re feeling the pressure of one thing or another, you always have to do what’s best for yourself as far as where you think you can accomplish your goals. “