Berkeley, CA, United States (4E Sports) – University of California has fired football coach Jeff Tedford after the Golden Bears concluded the season with a 3-9 record.
“This was an extraordinarily difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors,” Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement.
“Ultimately, I believed that we needed a change in direction to get our program back on the right track,” Barbour added.
Tedford was at the Golden Bears’ helm for 11 years, resurrecting the school’s football program upon his arrival in 2001 but the team’s performance has dipped in recent years.
This season, the Bears lost five consecutive games to finish the season with their worst record under Barbour. It was the second time in three seasons that Cal has failed to qualify for the postseason.
“I want to thank the University of California for the opportunity to be a part of this great university and community,” Tedford said. “I am so grateful to all of the coaches, players and support staff for playing such a vital role in making Cal Football relevant while enjoying winning seasons nine of 11 years.”
Under Tedford, Cal compiled an 82-57 record from 2002-11 and advanced to bowl games eight times, including three visits to the Holiday Bowl.
During his first season in Berkeley, Tedford guided the Golden Bears to a 7-5 record one year after the team finished 1-10.
The Golden Bears won 10 games in two different seasons under his direction, finishing 10-2 in 2004 and 10-3 in 2006, and he was recognized as Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004.
Barbour said the university, with the help of DHR International, will immediately launch a national search for a new head coach.
She did not indicate a timetable for hiring a replacement, adding that Cal Athletics will have no further comment on the search until a new coach has been selected.