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Football: Tedford reacts

I had a chance to talk to Jeff Tedford about the items that made news Thursday and here is some of what he had to say:

–On the effect USC’s penalties will have on recruiting: “Kids want to go to bowl games. That will definitely have an effect on recruiting. I don’t know if they will have guys transferring, but that’s always a possibility.”

–On the effect the sanctions have on the current team: “It’s unfortunate for the kids that are there right now. They had nothing to do with that.”

–On his feeling about the penalties: “I’m pleased only because it tells everybody that you have to play by the rules. “It validates the model that if you don’t play by the rules, there are going to be consequences. It sends a message to everyone in college football that you have to do it right.”

–On the addition of Colorado to the Pac-10 and the possibility of further expansion: “It’s a school with rich tradition and comes from a very strong conference. But really it’s premature to comment on it until the rest of the thing unfolds. There’s a possibility there are more fireworks to come.”

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.

  • JT

    I love Tedford’s thoughts on USC’s punishment: concise and accurate about what it means to play by the rules and the consequences of not doing so. I’m thankful that we have a coach who understands that winning with integrity and developing STUDENT-athletes are the highest priorities.

  • Jan K Oski

    I think it is naive to think this sends a message that cheating has consequences. As long as school continue to self-govern, and the NCAA doesn’t have a strong powerful president, this is just a slap on $C’s wrist for being a brat towards the investigators. Ultimately, the NCAA must oversee all programs by having a force of investigators who have complete access to any facility at anytime. I am glad that I don’t have to think twice about Tedford, though.

    In Tedford I trust!

    Go BEARS!

  • noduck

    are you kidding??

    give it a rest jan. be happy with it and be happy people pretend college sports still have an academic angle.