Cal coach Jeff Tedord, who has declined interview requests from local reporters since the departure of assistant coaches Tosh Lupoi and Eric Keisau to Washington this week, spoke with Stewart Mandel of SI.com.
Here’s what he has to say about:
— The uproar among Cal fans over the exit of star recruiter Lupoi:
“It kind of amazes me the attention this is getting, because there’s a lot of staffs that have coaching changes. Things are so different now with social media. If one recruit tweets something, then all of a sudden millions of people seem to follow it, lock onto it and it spreads like wildfire. It’s a very interesting phenomenon.”
— The role of recruiters:
“The main thing is that recruiters are messengers for what the program stands for, and that hasn’t changed. Be it academics or location or football, whatever they’re making their decisions for, you hope that kids will come here for the right reasons. You can’t base your decision on one [assistant] coach, because coaches change all the time.”
“We did everything we could. We adjusted our resources to try to do this; it’s not like we haven’t made an effort. But each program is different. We have to follow the structure of what we are here at Cal. … If you look at average [salaries], we’re competitive, but [Lupoi’s offer] was at the very high end. We try to stay competitive within reason.”
Here’s the link to Mandel’s story.