Two days before the Cal Bears’ first game, and for most of the offseason, Cal’s athletic director Sandy Barbour was saying there’s no way head football coach Jeff Tedford was on the hot seat. The 11th year coach was fine, supposedly, even after a 7 – 6 2011 season and a record of 20 – 18 over the last three seasons. While it’s hard to tell what the expectations are in Berkeley, this kind of mediocrity is usually not okay with most major-conference schools (unless you’re Indiana, in which case you’d kill for that kind of mediocrity). This is especially true with Tedford’s reputation as a football genius, though his teams haven’t been very much above mediocre since the 2006 season.
Then the Bears’ 31 – 24 loss to Nevada happened on Saturday.
The Wolfpack racked up 450 total yards, including 220 rushing, and dominated the time of possession by ten minutes. All this in the debut of Cal’s $300 million new stadium, which finally was free of tree people.
While the Bears had two turnove