Football: Does this really end speculation?

It will be interesting to see if Jeff Tedford’s new contract extension finally will silence the seemingly endless speculation that he ultimately will wind up somewhere else.

What’s interesting here is that Tedford didn’t get any more money out of this extension. His base salary and annual talent fee will remain exactly the same. It’s clear Tedford was being pursued by at least one other suitor. If that’s the case, one could hypothesize that he could have used it as leverage to get a pay raise. The fact that he just wound up with more years could be one the strongest signs yet that he wants to remain at Cal.

“This wasn’t about making more money,” Tedford said. “This was about longevity by me and by the school.”

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour confirmed that the impetus for this extension was because Tedford’s services were being sought elsewhere. Without getting specific, Tedford said he wanted the extra years as a form of stability, to know he wasn’t making a mistake when other teams come calling.

He seemed genuinely pleased with everything about his situation when I spoke with him on the phone today. “There’s no place I’d rather be,” he said. Tedford cited all the friends he’s made during his time here, the alumni, the appeal of the Bay Area, the quality of life, the fact that his wife, Donna, loves it here as many of the reasons he isn’t interested in moving on. When I asked him if he could see himself spending the rest of his coaching career at Cal, he said “I definitely could see that.”

Of course, he also pointed to the beginning of construction of the Student-Athlete High-Performance Center as another reason he is so encouraged to remain at Cal (Barbour, by the way, said things continue to progress. The water line currently is being put in — that’s the reason for the construction currently going on along Piedmont Ave.)

In other news, Tedford said he still wants to take a look at a handful of candidates as replacements for departed offensive line coach Jim Michalczik. He didn’t want to put a timeline on the hire because he said he wants to make sure the make the best hire possible.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Joe Jackson

    Do you know the possible candidates to replace Coach Michalczik?

  • GoldenBear77

    I hope JT is around for a long time. He has performed wonders for the program, and the program will continue to improve with this continuity. It has taken a long time to recover from the Mariucci “one and done.”

  • southseasbear

    With all due respects GoldenBear77, Mariucci may have been “one and done” but at least he took the team to a bowl game and gave us national exposure. By not hiring him when Snyder left, Cal let him get away. Becoming the QB coach for Green Bay gave him the NFL experience which set the stage for the 49er hiring.

    I think it would be more accurate to say that it has taken a long time to recover from Gilby’s returning the program to the gutter, or Bockrath deciding he wanted to hire his own guy rather than keep the coach (Snyder) that elevated the program to a final #7 ranking.

  • Clovis is Cal Country

    Coach Tedford is doing a great job. But so is Sandy Barbour. Pure genius to announce the extension on New Year’s Day………so that it would be seen by all on the ESPN ticker, while the nation was watching college football.

    Sandy – thanks for working the holiday, to keep Cal in the spotlight!


  • GoldenBear77


    Still see that a promise is a promise, and that Mariucci’s lack of credibility was a black mark on the program for a long time. Of course there were other poor decisions, but to me this started the slide. My main point is that good programs require continuity, and for the first time in more than a decade, we have it.

  • wehofx

    I hope JT stays for a long, long time. JT is the perfect fit for Cal, among other things, see graduation rate. Cal and the ‘furd are the kind of schools that can only recruit real student athletes.

  • Big D

    Wow, I remember high-5-ing Mariucci, who was lifted up on fans shoulders, after rushing the field in that 4OT win over Arizona. Little did I know at that time, he would pack up and bolt. Man, that guy really pissed me off. His leaving caused the beginning of the Holmoe era! That SOB!

  • Big D

    Today I drove by the stadium and there are some mounds of freshly dug dirt and a backhoe staged in the northend stadium parking lot between Maxwell/Kleeburger field and the stadium. It appears that some work has been done. It could be the sewer lines J.O. mentioned earlier. No other changes were observed.
    On my way home from work, I usually drive by the stadium, so if I notice anything going on, I’ll post it here.

  • ToparchiBears

    Thank you BigD.
    Cal should put up a 24 hrs webcam like the Standford stadium did so, we, cal fans can see what is going up every day.\\

    Go Bears!

  • ToparchiBears

    Check out Allen Bridgford’s interview. I really like this future QB. He is so mature, humble, and He sound like the man whom will bring us to the promise land of Rose. He is working well with Carroll at the Army All American Bowl. Hope that Carroll is convinced enough to join Cal. It will be huge.


    Go Bears!

  • Pug

    Tedford continues to recruit good players to Cal and win. In my days at Cal, 9-4 would have been unbelievable. Tedford has brought the program so far that some people are disappointed with 9-4. I love this guy.

    Landing Randall Carroll would be huge. Tedford has them lined up at running back, offensive line and quarterback. We need receivers and defense.

  • John

    It’s pretty obvious Carroll won’t be at USC next year. When they lined him up with the other USC commits, he didn’t say his name or “We are Trojans” with the rest of the group and looked like he didn’t want to be there. Plus, just about everybody has said he won’t be with SC next year. Bridgford struggled, but that’s expected in All-Star games like this. Coleman impressed me at OT, and that versatility is very nice. I think he’ll be a SS DE like he says, but if that doesn’t work out, he could have a future at OT too.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    John Says:
    January 3rd, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    It’s pretty obvious Carroll won’t be at USC next year. When they lined him up with the other USC commits, he didn’t say his name or “We are Trojans” with the rest of the group and looked like he didn’t want to be there. Plus, just about everybody has said he won’t be with SC next year.>>>> It’s a case of where we just didn’t want him that badly. We wanted him to play DB but he wanted to play WR. We don’t need another WR and so we really haven’t shown much interest in losing him. He is not that good at WR. We didn’t want to have another Hazelton on our hands. How can you find meaningful reps at WR when your competition is Damian Williams and RoJo. Both will be preseason AA and All Pac 10 candidates. He should go where they need WRs who will put up with his inexperience and allow for him to grow into the position of his choice.

  • ToparchiBears

    Cal die to have him. They already told him that Cal will mold him into the next Desean Jackson. And Cal really need some good WR for the long run. He is reluctant but stay commit to SC because Mom told him so to stay close to home. He may change mind on signing day, just like Desean did.

    From his comment on the SC, I don’t think he fit there. His heart is not there. He doesn’t have a chance to do what he likes to do there.

    And, we Cal fan love to have him.

    Go Bears!

  • Will

    MoreNC’s, you still haven’t explained why you weren’t AT the rose bowl, since you’re such a diehard fan of $C.

  • AmyFan4Life

    Garbage collectors only get one day off, Will.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Matt Barkley will be the next great USC QB and Heisman winner. He has already thrown 2 picture perfect TDs in the Under Armour game.

    BTW what can you tell me about Kevin Hart? Why did you guys stop recruiting that kid? I saw a story on ESPN but never watched it.

  • Calduke

    The center from Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata, Mark Brazinski, chose Cal on Sunday night at the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando…

  • ToparchiBears

    NC, Cal never recruit kevin hart. Its a Hoax, He dream of playing for Cal, however, his grade is the problem. he didn’t take seriously on school, um, maybe $C will take some one like that.

    He actually is a not a bad football player, just his grade hurts him for not able to receive actual scholarship. If he can prove himself at the JC level on academic, he may end up in D-1 football someday.

    Congrat to Cal for Mark Brazinski, a business major, and #1 center in the country. He will follow Alex Mack footstep.

    Go Bears! let all of them keep comming.

  • Goldiebear

    I read that Kevin Hart is reserve lineman at Feather River Junior College in Northern California.

    As for the new offensive line coach, the Raider’s Tom Cable will be available in about a week and may want to stay close to home and coach our great prospects, including the next great college center.

    Alex Mack’s fame probably didn’t hurt in recruiting Brazinski; otherwise why does he not stay with Rutgers in his own backyard to come across country to Cal? He’s certainly got confidence in himself as he has some large shoes (Mack’s) to fill