University of California football coach Jeff Tedford was fired Tuesday in his 11th season at the school, and his most successful former player didn't waste any time coming to his defense.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who started for Tedford in 2003 and '04, disagreed strongly with his alma mater's move during his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee.
"It's a terrible decision," said Rodgers, a 2005 first-round pick and the 2011 NFL MVP. "And I think it's disrespectful, too. In 2002, when I was recruited in December, they started talking about this stadium project. Coach had just come in. They went 7-5 but were under academic probation so they couldn't go to a bowl game. He had taken a 1-10 team and made them 7-5. Turned (quarterback) Kyle Boller from what he was into a first-round draft pick. I know Kyle owes a lot of his success to coach Tedford and his tutelage."
Tedford won a school-record 82 games at California and spearheaded massive stadium and facilit...