Jeff Tedford dismissed, the Cal head coaching search is underway

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday November 20, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on November 20, 2012

The Jeff Tedford era is over at Cal after 11 seasons.

Tedford (51) was dismissed on Tuesday by athletic director Sandy Barbour.  I confirmed a team meeting was held at around 10 am PT this morning.

In eleven seasons, Tedford finished with an 82-57 overall record.  He was 50-45 against conference opponents.  He led Cal to 8 bowl games, winning five of those games, but never reached the Rose Bowl.

Barbour stated, "This was an extraordinarily difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors. Ultimately, I believed that we needed a change in direction to get our program back on the right track. Cal football is integral to our department and our university, and its influence can be felt well beyond the walls of Memorial Stadium. The program clearly serves as an important part of the connective tissue that binds our community together, and it is imperative that Cal football be recognized as a leader in competitive success, academic achievement and community engagement."

She added, "For many years, under Jeff Tedford's leadership, our program represented all that and more. Coach Tedford deserves credit for the extraordinary effort he undertook to turn this program around and bring us to the heights of a Pac-10 co-championship in 2006. He has served his University admirably, and I will forever be indebted for his commitment and expertise, as well as the positive impact he has made in so many young men's lives over the years."

Keep an eye on the following coaches that could enter the mix to replace Tedford:

Sonny Dykes (LA Tech - head coach): It seems odd, but sources tell me that Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour is interested in Dykes, who has no previous coaching experience in the state of California.  Dykes, however, did coach in the PAC-10 while serving as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach under Mike Stoops at Arizona.  Keep in mind that if Gary Patterson winds up with the Arkansas job, Dykes is a logical candidate at TCU.  No word on if Dykes would be interested in the Cal head coaching job, although it is a very good job.

Bryan Harsin (Texas - co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks): Texas offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Harsin made a name for himself as the offensive coordinator at Boise State from 2006-2010.

Tim DeRuyter (Fresno State - head coach): In his first season at Fresno State, Tim DeRuyter (49) had led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 season.  He previously served as the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M under Mike Sherman.  Prior to joining Sherman's staff, DeRuyter made a name for himself as the defensive coordinator at Air Force.  He is a native of Long Beach, California.

Gary Anderson (Utah State - head coach): In his fourth season at Utah State, Gary Anderson has led the Aggies to a WAC championship.  His records at Utah State are 4-8, 4-8, 7-6, 9-2.  He previously served as the defensive coordinator at Utah under Kyle Whittingham from 2004-2008.

Stay tuned to the Coaching Search Ticker for updates on the Cal coaching search.

In addition to Cal, the Arkansas, Idaho, Western Michigan, and UTEP jobs are open.

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