Football: Tedford weighs in on athletics

Jeff Tedford said today that he feels bad about the sports that were cut from Cal’s athletic program yesterday and that the football  program will continue to try to be creative in cutting costs.

“The football budget has been reduced. We do everything we can,” Tedford said. “It’s a team effort. Everybody has to shoulder the burden of the budget crisis and things like that. We try everywhere we can to make sure that we’re very responsible with the budget and do our part.

“It’s unfortunate that athletes and coaches have to make different plans. It’s never a pleasant situation when something like that happens. It’s unfortunate, but something that needed to be done. We’re going to continue to do our part to make sure we’re responsible financially.”

Just to clarify, Tedford’s annual salary, which comes out to $2.8 million per season, doesn’t have much effect on the athletic department’s operating budget. Only a little over $200,000 of it is paid for by athletics. The overwhelming majority of his salary is paid through private donations.

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.