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California Fires Jeff Tedford

California Head Football Coach Jeff Tedford has been fired.
California Head Football Coach Jeff Tedford has been fired.
(Photo by Kelly Cox, US Presswire)

California has fired football coach Jeff Tedford. Tedford, the winningest coach in California history, turned around a program on life support when he was hired away from Oregon at the time, where he was the Offensive Coordinator, in 2002.

The Bears were coming off a 1-10 season, and had not been above .500 since 1993. Tedford immediately turned the Bears Golden again, going 7-5 in his first season, and then guided California to 7 bowls in a row, and 8 in 9 seasons.

Things began to change in 2007, when California was undefeated, and poised to ascend to the #1 ranking in the nation, when Oregon St. pulled off the famous and infamous upset, beating the Bears 31-28, as time ran out while Tedford was throwing his clipboard, sending California into a 3 game losing streak, and losing 6 or their next 7.

Despite that bowl success, however, California missed the post season 2 of the last 3 years, and suffered the worst loss in the history of the program last Saturday night, when the Beavers routed them 62-14.

Today, California Athletic Director Sandy Barbour relieved Tedford of his duties.