By now, I’m sure many of you have already seen my story today on Jeff Tedford, and how he wanted to speak directly to the fan base about his commitment to the program. It’s clear Tedford is taking personally the criticism and negativity that has surrounded the program with the way the Bears ended the season.
Tedford has pretty much been miserable since the season ended. He’s searching for answers. He’s spent a lot of time in his office with not a whole lot of other people around. Usually the football office is bustling with activity. When I was there the other day, the only other person I saw besides Tedford was defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi for a brief moment. It was otherwise dark and empty. But there was Tedford, trying to figure out what to do next, calling recruits to make sure they’re still on board, and obviously eager to move on and get his message out to the fans.
One thing Tedford made clear: He isn’t blindly asking for the support of the fans and alumni. He realizes there is some reason for criticism and negativity. He wanted the fan base to know that he understands there is some fixing that needs to be done, but he just hopes the Cal football community will stay positive, because he feels that will help the program turn things around.
He also told me that the reason he threw out there that he had declined three other head coaching jobs was to illustrate his commitment to the program. It wasn’t to tell the fans that they should be happy with what they have, etc. He several times said it was only to show the passion and commitment he’s developed for Cal.
A full transcription of my conversation with Tedford is to come.