Originally written November 23, 2012 on Double Coverage Football:
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Two weeks ago I called Cal coach Jeff Tedford the "Andy Reid of college football" as both mens' coaching careers hung in the balance. While Reid still clings to life in Philadelphia, Cal has let Tedford go after nearly eleven seasons in Berkeley. Like Reid, Tedford brought his team to an unprecedented level of sustained success, but like Reid, it was time for him to go. Tedford took over a dormant Bears team that won only one game in 2001, and immediately won seven games and Pac 10 Coach of the Year honors in 2002. His teams went to bowl games the next seven years, and were ranked as high as #2 in the nation, even winning a Pac 10 title in 2006, but they could never meet their lofty preseason expectations. Year after year the Bears entered the season in the Top 15 with a shot at a national championship. Year after year, they failed. Tedford deserves credit for his tenure at Cal. He leaves as the school's all-time leader in games coached, games won, bowl games...
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