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

  • heckyeah

    Let the Ludwig speculation continue. It looks like Coach Tedford DID have a hand in the offense over the past couple years. Sounds like a matter of 2 Coordinators with conflicting philosophies forcing creating a gameplan together.

  • LR

    How much more confirmation do we need? JT is an OC wearing two hats, but there’s nothing wrong with that (see Mike Martz, Chip Kelly and Jim Harbaugh to a great extent). What’s been wrong over the last few years is the attempt to scheme the offense by committee. Position coaches are fine (M, Kiesau, Gould etc.), but 2 OCs will never work. There will be unacceptable creative differences, and kids will get confused.

    The other thing that JT did wrong was not firing Ludwig immediately. This limp-wristed stuff about letting coaches find a new job first is ridiculous. It makes you look ambivalent and weak. Ludwig may have failed through no fault of his own, but that’s not the program’s problem. JT should’ve dumped him immediately and vowed to never make the mistake of OC by committee again.

    Having said all that, this is a Rubicon year for JT. If his O continues to suck, it’s on him 100% and he loses a lot of cache as an offenisve mastermind. He’ll also be put in a position where he needs to go out and find a quality OC who will believe he’ll be hands off going forward (good luck on that). All of this assumes Sandy doesn’t successfully pass the hat among the big donors so she can fire him. Bet let’s not get ahead of ourselves…..

    Again, huge year for JT and his future as a HC. Not just at Cal but anywhere.

  • rollonubears

    i think ludwig was pretty good. my guess is that he got tired of kneeling to end the half, and punting from the opponent’s 40 yard line on 4th and 2. he’ll probably have tremendous success in san diego. i think he’d have been successful here, too, if given full control. tedford’s already said he can’t handle oc AND hc at the same time. yet he’s consistently demonstrated that he can’t let go of oc completely. allowing the oc to “call most of the plays” doesn’t cut it at this level. you can game plan together, but once the ball’s kicked off, one guy needs to be in charge. the oc position is a revolving door at cal, and it shouldn’t be. it doesn’t have to be. JT needs to be the OC, or the head coach, or he needs to go away, and i don’t think his antiquated OC philosophy will cut it anymore, and his salary is way too high for way too long, so unless he quits, he needs to be the head coach and nothing more.