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Football: Tedford talks about wild week

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.”

– Cal’s efforts to keep the staff intact:

“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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Translated – “I really don’t know what I am doing and I just want to stay on for another 2 years before my contract runs out.”

    USC = where the competitors come to play

  • daredevilfan

    Once again, proving that Amy has no life. Is that tailpipe in the garage looking appealing yet?

  • Juancho

    Anyone see the news yuri wright lost all his scholarship offers except rutgers bc of his crude tweets ? Kind of funny

  • Uh Huh!

    It’s about time he said something! Starting to feel like borderline absenteeism.

    We can all agree that the twittering is a whole new world, taking us by storm. However, Jeff is reminding me here that he’s much older than me. And my job doesn’t rely on knowing this stuff.

    For once, ONCE, I can agree with the Moron’s comment, the first one only b/c the second one is still just more drivel.

    Regarding the 3rd paragraph, did JT really try and do EVERYTHING he could to make up the $ difference? What does he mean by “WE adjusted OUR resources to try to get this done”? In other words, how much did JT propose to give up from his allocation?

    I’m sure this has been the most hectic week for JT in a Loooooooong time. I’m looking forward to see the positive results: DL hire and multiple recruiting saves!

  • marc

    The question is who will be our coach when idiot is fired after next season. This program is a joke now and needs new direction. I refuse to watch another year with a 3-0 start against crap competition, followed by a 5 game slide.

  • http://aol PeteBear

    you guys need to get a life. quit crying/worrying about the decisions of high school boys. As for UW and Lupoi, they have no idea how many bridges they may need later that they just burned.

  • http://btopenworld.com K Scott

    Lupoi is a disgrace. Although obviously a gifted recruiter, this guy was made at and by Cal. He played for Cal, graduated from Cal, started as Graduate Assistant. Cal coached him through his first notable disgrace when he instructed a player to fake an injury in waning minutes of a game. Now, with that behind, and on the verge of doing something great for his alma mater, he jumps ship at a critical moment. He also had a chance to follow through on offering the greatness of the University of California to his recruit targets. Instead, they are left puzzled by the real world and scattering to there second or third choices. But coming back to Lupoi. Even if it was about himself, and not to dismiss the lure of a big cash prize, on a personal and professional level, why would someone give up the chance to create one of the most successful recruiting classes ever? This for himself, the kids, and his great alma mater.

  • Kyle

    @Marc- Then don’t watch nobody cares if you do or dont. Go Bears!!

  • Yoda

    You whiners ever stop to consider that when a coach gets stood up at the airport on a recruiting visit by his assistant, who has switched schools and is actively recruiting against you with the same kids he’s been recruiting for you, and then another coach jumps ship, that just maybe he’s got more to do than fill y’all in on what’s happening? Let’s see, how to prioritize getting two new coaches and saving a recruiting class vs. speaking to the press about stuff he’s unable to give the full story on anyway?

    You can question his coaching, but this stuff is ridiculous.

  • newell67

    Treggs just intimated on ESPN that Shaq now wants to leave the state. Sweet, this is turning into a sheet show.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    When Treggs notes that the class falling apart is a reason he is looking elsewhere, you know we are in trouble. It’s like a run on a bank.

  • covinared

    I can’t believe the panic in some over the loss of a couple assistants and a few recruits. Cal will abide.

  • bigdruid

    Precisely. I mean, people are disappointed for good reason, but the sky is not falling.

    We do need to ramp up our assistant coach compensation to prevent things like this happening in the future. But we still have a strong recruiting class and we should be sure to appreciate the excellent players that are still committed.

  • s1lverngreen

    # bigdruid Says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Precisely. I mean, people are disappointed for good reason, but the sky is not falling.

    We do need to ramp up our assistant coach compensation to prevent things like this happening in the future. But we still have a strong recruiting class and we should be sure to appreciate the excellent players that are still committed.

    bigdruid nails it!

    We still have a nice bunch of recruits that are all in. Let’s move on already…