Football: Kiesau to UW; Tedford, Barbour release statements on coaching staff changes

Passing game cooordinator/wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau is on his way to Washington, joining defensive line coach/recruiting star Tosh Lupoi as new members of Steve Sarkisian’s staff in Seattle.

Cal released statements this afternoon from coach Jeff Tedford and athletic director Sandy Barbour on the changes that have taken place in the past 24 hours or so. Their remarks may not answer many of  your — or my questions — but here’s what they are willing to say so far:

JEFF TEDFORD: “Tosh and Eric have decided to take other jobs, and we wish them the best. When people have career opportunities they make decisions based upon a wide array of reasons that are important to them. We appreciate their contributions to Cal football, and we exhausted all of our resources to try to retain Tosh and Eric within the confines and continuity of our coaching staff, but both chose to take advantage of new opportunities.

“We will proceed to replace them with quality coaches who will continue to stand for what the University of California and our football program represent, just as Tosh and Eric did.”

SANDY BARBOUR: “Tosh and Eric are outstanding football coaches that did a terrific job during their tenures on the Cal staff. We certainly valued everything they brought to our football program and appreciate their time with us. We did all we were able to do to have them remain at Cal and appreciate our community’s willingness to assist in that effort. We remain excited and confident about the direction of Cal football under the leadership of Jeff Tedford.”



Jeff Faraudo

  • Easy Ed

    Tis is about dollars and cents, not about Tedford. The only thing that Tedford is guilty of is giving a lying disloyal pile of crap 26 year old a chance to coach when no one else would. Tosh can go to Hell (after 11 1/2 months a year of rain maybe he is). He is free to take the money but you don’t crap on your Padrone!

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Rollon we would have more Cal fans if we posted in other places. Fans of other schools post on ESPN and CBS and so kids reading those stories hear nice things about those schools.
    I am often the only one whoever posts something nice about Cal.

    I also like to remind people in threads about Aaron Rodgers, Jason Kidd and Tony Gonzalez where they went to school.

  • Rollonubears

    Good idea. Maybe after lent I’ll hit up the boards there.

  • Rollonubears

    Anybody else see this post from bearinsider…?

    It’s about tedford…

    “He is being treated unfairly here. I’m one of the Negas, have been for sometime so do NOT confuse this with S Pumping. I have been on the phone with my sources quite a bit today (they are well connected and have yet to lead me astray) and TOSH is to blame for this, not JT. I’m not sure how much I can say, but I’ll give what I can. Here is the story/timeline as I have heard:

    Tosh was offered a job at Wash and he came to JT with the “my heart is here speech”. JT went and fought for Tosh to get the offer matched. JT and Tosh have a meeting where JT tells Tosh how much he wants to keep him, how he is an integral part of what they are doing, etc. He says that he went and got the offer matched and that he wanted him to stay, but that he won’t/can’t get into a bidding war for Tosh and that he (JT) needs his (Tosh’s) word that this is done and that he (Tosh) isn’t going anywhere. Tosh assures JT this is over. Tosh breaks his word, continues talking to UW and gets another offer which he doesn’t present to JT, as he has already been told and committed to no bidding war.

    JT didn’t find out Tosh was gone (by voicemail) until he got off the plane for a recruiting trip Tosh was supposed to meet JT on. They were supposed to meet yesterday to recruit and Tosh didn’t show.

    Combine that with the fact that Tosh is breaking the unwritten coaches code of only recruiting for one school and he is dead to me and I suspect Cal and JT as well. If you are recruiting and switch schools, you stop recruiting those guys… pass them off to another on staff.

    Truly despicable. In my estimation, JT has committed a multitude of sins, but this fiasco isn’t on him. No one looks rosy in this, but this is Tosh’s doing.

    Hopefully this gives a picture of what went down without burning my sources. I don’t want to talk about numbers, but if there are any questions, I’ll do my best.”

  • Easy Ed

    Thanks Rollon. As I suspected, Tosh is a TURD!

  • Juancho

    Maybe if practices werent closed more people would be interested in cal.

    Who here has been alive when cal made a rose bowl ? Won the conference straight out ?

    Not me. And each year theres less and less.

  • ScottyBear

    Thanks Rollon

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Rollon, I’ll buy Tosh screwing up when it comes to the recruiting switches and so on, but if UW keeps calling him, upping their offer to ridiculous hieghts, after JT and Sandy have hit what they call a max and promise they won’t get in a bidding war, I can’t blame him for that. Should he have gone back to JT and said they offered me 500k, a house, and a boat, and asked them to match?

  • Easy Ed

    No Wisdom Cow, he should have been a man and thanked Tedford for the opportunity and moved on. Then he should have had the ethics not to try to recruit the same kids for Steve Sarsleazian

  • Rollonubears

    I know if this is what happened. It’s a quote from a blog. Looks convincing to me though. A man of integrity would not have bailed in th fashion. It’s a free market. You can do what you want. But you do unto others like that, and pretty soon you done lost all your friends.

  • Rollonubears

    I’d be willing to bet recruiting those kids was part of the deal. This looks like a straight deal with the devil. A house and a boat and an “i need your answer immdiately.”Wtf? Makes perfect sense. Sad if true.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Hold the phone a second. Never put full faith and credit in a blog post as to how things went down, especially when specifics are glossed over to make one side look better than another. Second, until we know exactly what has been said, we do not know that Tosh went after Shaq for UW so much as Shaq decided to reopen for a UW school he already had in his final few schools. Note – we don’t have anything on Tosh trying to get McCarthy to UW, and he opted for his #2 school, as Shaq may be doing.

    If Tosh built a relationship with the kids, and they want his input, do you suggest he is supposed to not answer a call.

    Again, we don’t know the facts outside of Tosh getting a big offer and taking it, with Sandy and JT giving their blurbs.

    Personally, Tosh kinda hurt himself for the next few years of recruiting, as every other school will ask the kids to ask Tosh if he is bolting again. The only real winner is Tosh’s bank account, and he can’t really be blamed for that, IMO.

  • Will

    Wisdom Cow:

    “I don’t know what I’m doing to do,” Thompson said. “I know this is a business and everyone has to do what’s best for them, but this one still hurts. I’ve known Tosh forever. He has been recruiting me for the last three years and, even though he won’t be my position coach, he’s a big reason I got interested in Cal in the first place.

    “He came in for a home visit last night and told me he was thinking about taking the UW job and wasn’t sure what he was going to do. I had heard the rumors for the last week but thought there was no way he was going to leave. Then he called me this morning and said UW gave him an offer that he couldn’t refuse and he was leaving. He asked if I would be interested in looking at Washington and said he wants to come back and visit me next week.”


    If that’s not Tosh recruiting Shaq to UW, I don’t know what is.

  • H8sRed

    So Tosh WAS recruiting for UW while still an employee of Cal. Seems to me that UW should be facing both a lawsuit with huge monetary damages, as well as harsh sanctions from the conference and/or the NCAA.

    It’s one thing for a coach to move on to other opportunities, but doing so two weeks before LOI day and tampering with a school’s recruiting class in the process cannot be tolerated.

    If anything, Thompson’s account makes it look like it was a premeditated attempt by UW and Sark to enable Tosh to visit Cal recruits one more time before departing, allowing him at the same time to plant a UW seed in the heads of those recruits. Disgusting.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Will, I had read those, too. Again, I have no doubt Shaq told it true, but who is to say the “Then he called me this morning” line was not in return of a call from Shaq he is leaving out? Has someone cross examined him or are you going to presume Shaq, like all 18 yr olds, would tell a tale that still puts him in a totally innocent light?

  • The Wisdom Cow

    H8sRed, that would be exactly why I wanted to see the details of Tosh’s last contract. There may be, MAY, be legal issues against UW, as well as recruiting violations. One thing in favor of actual fact finding is the over use of texting these recruits tend to use, and that specific facts can be learned outside of biased tale tellings by either side.

  • Eric

    The same source that first reported to me two weeks ago that UW was looking to poach Tosh, and also reported that there was a falling out of some sort last year (pre-Oregon game) indicated that the bearinsider report is hogwash, and that Tedford knew Tosh was leaving the night before it was announced because he (Tedford) contacted recruits telling them it was coming down the pike and that Cal simply couldn’t match the offer.

    Who knows what the truth is right now, but I give more stock in a source saying Tosh did disclose what the terms of the UW final offer were and asked Cal to match, but Cal simply couldn’t. Don’t anything yet on Eric.

  • Eric

    And by the way, tedford’s written press release (no doubt carefully crafted by the administration) is in line with the source’s news, as opposed to the bearinsider blog story.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    What a pathetic, whiny fan base. Football is played mano y mano. Competitors compete and competitors win.

    First you guys lamented having bad facilities. Now you got your facilities you lament not being able to pay assistants.

    It is always one excuse for losing after another with your program.

    I am about ready to leave for good. I come on here to read inspirational news and to engage with a fan base that wants to compete and all I read is a bunch of crybabies.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Yeah, Eric. It’s hard to imagine Tosh didn’t give ample opportunities for Cal to even make close counter offers that would keep him in the Bay Area.

  • CalBearister

    We all know what Sark will say:

    “Shaq Thompson misspoke. It never happened. These are not the droids you’re looking for. Move along.”

    Straight out of the Pete the Cheat playbook. Pity we placed one vile stench with two minions.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    “I don’t know what I’m doing to do,” Thompson said. “I know this is a business and everyone has to do what’s best for them, but this one still hurts. I’ve known Tosh forever. He has been recruiting me for the last three years and, even though he won’t be my position coach, he’s a big reason I got interested in Cal in the first place.


    His brother played for you guys for 4 years and that didn’t get Shaq interested in the program but his relationship with Lupoi did. And why is that?

    During the 4 years his brother played you guys were the perennial underachievers. How many times were you guys rated only to blow it? How many times on national TV did you guys get humiliated?

    Tennessee 2006
    2007 – Collapse of the Century
    Maryland 2008
    Oregon, USC blow outs 2009
    Nevada 2010

    Win and meet expectations and kids like Shaq won’t exit just because some coach does.

    Unbelievable blindness on the part of your posters.

  • BlueNGold

    moron the troll sez:
    “I am about ready to leave for good. I come on here to read inspirational news and to engage with a fan base that wants to compete and all I read is a bunch of crybabies.”

    Yet another in a long line of troll threats to leave this blog. It is really a shame that this so-called person never follows through on and lives up to the endless threats. Just once, it would be great if this sorry loser actually did what it threatened to do. I suspect that if that ever happened,, the troll might actually garner a bit of respect from the people who have a legitimate reason to be here.

    BTW, moron- you only come on here to spew garbage about Cal, its football program, players, coaches and fans. Try being honest for once, will you?

  • Will

    MoreNCS_are_ignored and sanctioned! troll post blocked

    Moren still needs his daddy to wipe his fanny for him, and his mommy left him a long time ago, so excuse him for not being on top of things.

  • randumbear

    Recruits, beware!

    Tosh is the new Darth Vader” Once loyal to Cal, now loyal to the dark side. Now he’s out for the hunt, trying to get you to follow him.

    Like I always tell my daughter, “Judge a man not by what he says but by what he does. Otherwise, down the line he might screw you.”