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California fires coach Jeff Tedford

  • FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2010, file photo, California head coach Jeff Tedford looks on from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game with Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Tedford was fired on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, after 11 seasons at California that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

BERKELEY — Coach Jeff Tedford was fired on Tuesday after 11 seasons at California that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity.

Tedford engineered an impressive turnaround for the Golden Bears after taking over a one-win team following the 2001 season. He won a school-record 82 games, churned out numerous NFL prospects and spearheaded a facilities upgrade highlighted by a $321 million stadium renovation.

But he never was able to match early success that included a pair of 10-win seasons in his first five years and a share of the 2006 conference title.

"This was an extraordinarily difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors," 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."

The program bottomed out this season, losing the final five games to finish 3-9 for Tedford's worst season at the helm. The Bears lost to rival Stanford for the third straight season and finished 2-5 in the first year back at remodeled Memorial Stadium.


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