Football: Link, Kiesau, etc.

Here’s a notebook that ran today, primarily focusing on new wide recievers coach/passing game coordinator Eric Kiesau.

Here’s more from my interview with Kiesau:

General comments:

“I’m very excited to get back with Coach Tedford. I’m excited to get back to winning. There are exceptional players here and the kids get a great education. It’s a great place to live. There are a lot of positives about it. We loved it here when we lived here. We’re very proud to be back.”


Memorable moment from his first stint at Cal?:

“One of the fondest memories I have was the first game we had here. We were playing Baylor. We had a brand new staff and nobody knew about us. We scored a touchdown on the first play on a double pass and scored about 70 points. That’s obviously a great memory. And the great receivers that came through during my time – Geoff McArthur, Jonathan Makonnen, Chase Lyman, DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins. They were a great crew of players. I’ve kept in touch with every one of them.”


On what he thinks of Cal’s current crop of receivers:

“I’m fired up. I can’t wait to get my arm around these guys. Honestly, one of the things that intrigued me when Jeff called was the roster. Keenan Allen, Tevin Carter, Marvin, Calvin, Clay – the list goes on and on. There’s a good combination of size and speed already existing. I can’t wait until the 18th to introduce myself and start getting to know them.”


On how well he knows Cal’s receivers at this point:

“Marvin and Tevin, I recruited those two guys. We wanted those two guys real bad at Colorado. We couldn’t get them to come. I know them well, Marvin better than Tevin. Obviously, I know what Keenan can do.”


On why he left Cal after the 2005 season:

“When I originally left here, it was not a football decision. It was a family decision. Everyone knows the culture here, of how they grind. My kids were so young, I wanted to be around them and be more involved in what they were doing. Now, they are older. It’s six years later. Now coming back here, it’s a football decision. I want to help this offense, I want to help this team win games. Now that my kids are older, they can jump on the bus for the drive to AT&T Park or be around the office. It’s a different phase of life. I think I got a bad rap that I didn’t want to put the house in. I just wanted more time with my kids. They are very precious to me. With the demand of college football, sometimes I wasn’t always there. But I’m coming back for football reasons now, for a chance to work with Jeff again.”


On whether he talked with Tedford about the work culture now before taking the job:

“Not too much. I really didn’t. For a guy like Jeff, who has been so successful for so long, he’s not going to change 100 percent. But the thing he did say to me is he wants me to bring energy, make it upbeat and fun, make sure it’s a high level. I told him what I wanted to bring to this offense and we moved forward. I want to get a little energy back and get the receivers involved in the offense like we did six years ago.”


On whether the culture was substantially different at Colorado compared with Cal:

“Each coach has his own style, whether it’s here or wherever. Were there differences? Absolutely. But that doesn’t make one right and one wrong.”


On what it means to be the passing game coordinator:

“All it means is Andy (Ludwig) and I will get together and solidify the final details on what is going into the game paln. We will be working together as we put the game plan together. Andy will still call the plays.”


On whether he could have stayed at Colorado:

“I decided to leave. It was not the right fit. I could have stayed as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. But Jeff called and it happened so fast. The next thing I knew I was on a plane headed out here.”


On whether he and Tedford split on bad terms the first time:

“We kept in touch all through the five years. I texted him and asked him for advice when I was offensive coordinator (at Colorado). I used a lot of what I learned at Cal at Colorado. I have enormous respect for Jeff. If anyone thinks I left on bad terms, it’s a big misconception. People think I didn’t want to grind. That wasn’t the case at all. It was a family decision.”

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.

  • wehofx

    Welcome back EK.

    Let’s hope his presence will not only result in improved WR play but will also re-energize JT and mark a return to creative and gutsy play calling.

    Now I hope JT will wow us with a great OL coach to rival Mihalzcik(sp). Now that I think of it, with Cable out, maybe JT can get him to return to the Bears, too.

  • Juancho

    From the time this was announced, I’m happy he’s back. Can’t wait to see the team next year. I think he’ll do a good job.

  • GoldenFlash

    This is the culture of Berkeley, all the way from football to the academics and students. The grind…But people shouldn’t have to choose between their kids and their livelihood.

  • Bears07

    Not three months has passed from a somewhat disappointing season and I’m anxiously awaiting next season, thinking we’ll have a great year. This feels eerily familiar…

    …this time, though, I mean it! =)

    GO BEARS! Welcome Coach Kiesau!

  • milo

    Great write up JO.

    I think EK will make a difference and the passing game will improve.

  • We are happy that he is back. He will surely rock the team. Thanks for sharing the information.

  • CALiforniALUM

    I like the guy’s honesty. Having a young kid myself I can totally relate. They grow up so fast. If his honesty comes through to parents of players he is recruiting then he should be very successful going forward.

  • Jan K Oski

    He has certainly learned from the School of Tedford how to spin info in the affirmative. Lil kids minus long hours equals a move to Colorado. To claim they’re independent factors is a bit silly in my opinion. But, who really cares? Results are the name of the game.

    Go BEARS!

  • Calduke

    Oski – where have you been?

  • Jan K Oski

    Calduke, I’ve been mostly a lurker on here. I’m busy with 4 kids, so I contribute to and read BearInsider as my primary source.

  • Davidson

    Excellent read, thanks for the info JO.