Jeff Tedford made his final appearance on the weekly Pac-10 media teleconference today (I don’t cover these during the season because they take place at the same time practice is wrapping up on Tuesdays and then we move on to the weekly press conference). A couple of highlights:
- On the offseason plan moving forward: “It starts immediately. Obviously, right now one of the main focuses now is on recruiting. But while that’s going on, it’s very important to evaluate everything that we do. Obviously, we need to improve. There were games that were close and games that weren’t. Schematics, offseason work — whatever it is, my job as head coach is to go back and evaluate everything we do. I’m going to gather information (from talking to coaches and players).”
- On the quarterback competition: “It’s going to be wide open. We have some candidates there. We have some young guys that haven’t got an opportunity because of injuries and youth. There are going to be five or six guys in the competition. Our challenge will be trying to evaluate that many guys with the practice time. It’s not just a two-man race. It’s everybody. Brock got some invaluable experience down the stretch. Obviously, we have to play better at that position. And we need to do a better job of putting them in position to be successful as well. It’s all-encompassing. It will be a wide open competition at that spot.”
Tedford also pointed out that Cal averaged 34 points per game with Kevin Riley at quarterback and 13 points with Brock Mansion at quarterback. “Obviously, we have to create some depth there,” he said. “We have to regroup and get ready to improve in the spring.”
Tedford also had some interesting comments about scheduling. Speaking about the dearth of bowl-eligible teams in the Pac-10, Tedford said the reason is because the conference is so difficult that all the teams are beating up on each other. He said he expects teams to not “over-schedule.”‘ Translation: Teams may be more motivated to bring in inferior opponents if they are concerned their overall win-loss record will suffer because of conference play.