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Football: What went wrong in Tedford reign?

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 8:13 am in Football.

Here is Jon Wilner’s take on what went awry during the Jeff Tedford era after such a strong beginning. A good analysis.

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  • The Wisdom Cow

    There are tools, and there are tools.

    Wilner is Home Depot.

    Nothing in that article that has not been described in better detail (and with far better prose) by posts found in the comment sections over the last 5 years.

  • covinared

    I agree with Jon. As much as I appreciate all he did to make us relevant again for a while, its time for a change.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Blah Blah Blah, wake me up when the new guy gets hired…

  • Batmansf

    Sometimes things just run their course. I think 99% of us agree “it’s time.” Once the fan base and media become this entrenched in their positions, there is nothing to be gained by delaying the inevitable. Hopefully, all parties can handle it with dignity and class.

  • Dan

    I have essentially written this Wilner article on this blog over and over for years now. There is nothing here that I, and a couple others, haven’t commented on repeatedly. In fact, for all we know, he read posts for years and these posts essentially wrote this article for Wilner.

    Nice that Wilner, or anyone in the media, actually woke up, paid attention for a change, and wrote an article like this. At this point, my reply is good, but mostly “thanks Captain Obvious”.

    The huge number of problems, or as Wilner calls them “symptoms”, are too many to overcome. They provide overwhelming proof that this program is a mess, and there is no hope under Tedford. They provide overwhelming proof that Tedford is not fit to effectively and efficiently run the Cal football program to anything other than mediocre, and ever decreasing and frustrating, results.

    Every day he is in charge at Cal pushes Cal further into irrelevancy and creates a longer and harder road back to respectability, which we HOPE may lead to excellence- if that’s even possible.

    As I have said a hundred times on here, just look at what Ben Braun did to the basketball program. The program has still not recovered, apathy reigns, lots of empty seats, a blase home court environment, except for maybe 1-2 games a year. It’s pathetic, but a reality. Except Haas is paid for, CMS is not, not by a LONG shot. The stakes are so high, passiveness and continued mediocrity can not be allowed to continue.

    The only solution is to get Tedford OUT OF HERE today! Every day that passes isn’t making things better, it’s not maintaining status quo, it’s making things worse.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Right on Dan!! I really wanna buy you a beer or 10 if we ever meet.

  • 1brsfan

    I agree with Dan but firing him today will not make a difference. Let him finish out the season out of respect for all that he did for the program in his early years and for helping to get CMS built to where it is today. Fire him Sunday morning after the OSU game.

    Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    Im not getting my hopes up. I still think hell be back next year.

    Were setting ourselves up for a massive dissapointment.

    If sandy fires him sandy admits a huge mistake with his extension. If she fires him shell be going to the big donors asking for the buyout money.

    The donors rightfuy so will want her gone next.

    If the chancellor steps in tedford is gone. I dont see sandy doing it.

    From what i understand birgeneau loves tedford and really dislikes tosh who he found petulent when they met after oregon.

    I wonder if kline remembers how to throw a football at this point.

    The tedford qb devaluing is under way.

  • BlueNGold

    No, wait at least until Monday. Sunday morning would look like it was already decided before the OSU game and the game outcome wasn’t going to matter.

  • Dan

    Two things- I didn’t literally mean fire him today, I was being figurative about today- was emphasizing the point that he should be already as good as done. Fire him Sunday or Monday. I dont care which day, but time’s a wasting. I don’t care how canning him on Sunday might look like it was already decided pre-OSU Game. This game should have zero impact on Tedford’s future here. What’s the difference between 3-9 and 4-8? Both records = fail. But just in case, I guess I should hope for a Beaver win on Saturday, just to be sure. A win Saturday means less than nothing.

    The flip side is that Juancho could very well be right. There is serious spin and excuse making coming out of Cal right now related to the injuries. Tedford is selling and the media is buying. Sandy Barbour and the big, wealthy alums/donors may very well be doing the same. I hate to say it, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see some ridiculous spin from Barbour and Tedford back for one more year. If that happens, I will not attend any games next season. I will embrace the apathy that is permeating Cal football.

  • Calduke

    It will not matter how the Tedford/Barbour mess turns out after this season – I will renew my season ticket as I have done for ten years.
    I’m going to support my alma mater and the players who committed to Cal and kept their committment. I’m not going to abandon them just because I don’t like the
    Tedford/Barbour duo.

  • Steve W

    One thing is clear: Tedford thinks he is coming back next year. He is not meeting with the AD next week to discuss contract buy-out terms. He is meeting to discuss “what we can do better.”

    My advice: get some more of those blue and yellow Toyota tarps they used to use to cover empty seats in the stadium. They are going to need a bunch of them next year.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Great article by Wilner but I have been writing the same comments for the past 10 years. I don’t want to tell you so but I told you so.

  • Dan

    Pat, clueless as usual. Ten years ago? Tedford and Cal were doing great ten years ago. If you had said 5-6-7 years ago, you would maybe demonstrate some credibility. Instead, you just make stuff up.

    Please go back to eating your Cheetos if you can’t at least be somewhat accurate. We know you will always be a d-bag, but some times you are spot on. Instead, when you are so far from accurate, you are the complete waste of space that your daddy always talk about.

  • BlueNGold

    No you have not, moron. Your snotty trash talk has never risen to the level of credible analysis or commentary.

  • Eric

    @Dan – as usual, spot on. It is funny how Wilner makes the Braun comparison, which I think I first read from you in 2008 or 2009.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    From day 1, I said you guys were mediocre and overrated.

    I called the score perfectly in your beatdowns to Texas Tech and the Vols when everyone else was drinking your Kool-Aid

    I am the only one who called attention to your kind of “scholar athletes” calling it a charade even before those deplorable APR numbers began to surface

    I am the only one who attributed your “success” to all of the patsies in the Pac 10 (now Pac 12).

    I said Pete Carroll was the true QB guru and not Tedford

    I told you that MeSean would destroy your team

    I took up sides with Harbaughs recruitment of tight ends when the rest of you made light of it

    I told you that ESP plan would fail

    Oh and I played a bunch of you like the clowns you are.

  • Uh Huh!

    Moron, mediocre and overrated?
    I was going to say that’s the kettle calling the pot black, but that would be giving you too much credit.

  • BlueNGold

    moron you are nothing but a rancid POS. You make me puke.