The Tedford era

From ascent to descent, a look at Jeff Tedford's last 11 years at the helm of the Cal football program

The Era Begins In December 2001, Jeff Tedford inherits from former coach Tom Holmoe a Cal football program that went 1-10 in 2001 and hadn’t earned a winning season since 1993. In Tedford’s first game at the helm, the Bears blow out Baylor, 70-22. Tedford later takes the team to
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Down and Out: Richard Rodgers recovers from setback

Richard Rodgers knows exactly where’s he going, and he’s not afraid to talk about it. “That’s what I’m here at Cal for,” Rodgers says. “They send players to the NFL.” The sophomore is an anomaly at the tight end position. At 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, his size generally implies he
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Fired up, ready to go: Chris McCain channels his emotions

A self-proclaimed problem child, Chris McCain has grown up to become a leader at Cal

Moments before Cal ran onto the field at The Horseshoe to challenge No. 12 Ohio State, Christian Cornelius McCain addressed his team in the locker room. With the fervor of an army commander heading into battle, he promised his teammates that he would fight for them and put his body
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Cal has shot at taking down Oregon — but wait

Grantland’s John Brandon put it best: “Well, Cal can’t win this game.” A Bears win over the No. 3 Ducks is as inconceivable as Mitt Romney winning California’s electoral college votes. How about the defensive matchup? Cal ranks 74th in the country in defending the run. USC’s run defense is
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With no bowl, Cal playing for pride against Oregon

Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. bout at Memorial Stadium pits a team playing for a national championship against a team playing for pride. The Cal football team cannot make a bowl game, yet the losers of three straight are brimming with confidence as No. 2 Oregon comes to town. The least amount
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Tearing down the ivory tower

During Friday’s postgame press conference, inside the plush auditorium in the stadium he helped get rebuilt, Jeff Tedford had delusions of grandeur. “The state of the program is fine,” Tedford said, following Cal’s 21-13 loss that dropped the Bears to 3-7 and ensured their second losing season in three years.
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Bears fumble away season in loss to Huskies

Four turnovers assure Cal of second losing season in three years

No one wanted the football Friday night at Memorial Stadium. In a game that featured eight turnovers and few moments of coherent football, the Bears fumbled their chance for a postseason in a 21-13 loss to Washington. “Shoutout to Washington,” said Cal linebacker Chris McCain. “They came into our house
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Live Blog: Cal vs. Washington

Follow along as Daily Cal football beat writers Connor Byrne, Jonathan Kuperberg and Michael Rosen give play-by-play and analysis of Cal’s game against Washington, better known as the return of reviled defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. How will the absence of Keenan Allen affect the Bears? Will O-lineman brothers Jordan
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