The University of California, Berkeley fired football coach Jeff Tedford after a 3-9 season that ended with five consecutive conference losses.
Tedford, 51, was relieved of duties today and a national search for his replacement will begin immediately, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced on the school’s athletics website. Tedford was 82-57 in 11 seasons at Cal, including eight bowl appearances and a share of the Pac-10 title in 2006.
“Ultimately, I believed that we need a change in direction to get our program back on the right track,” Barbour said. “Coach Tedford deserves credit for the extraordinary effort he undertook to turn this program around.”
A two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Tedford is owed $6.9 million over the final three years of his contract, according to ESPN. He sent 40 players on to the National Football League, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back Marshawn Lynch.
Cal opened the season 1-4, the lone win against Southern Utah University. After wins over UCLA and Washington State, the Golden Bears were outscored 212-74 over their final five games, all losses. The team is 15-22 in the last three seasons.
Cal’s classroom performance has dipped in recent years, as well. The team’s Academic Progress Rate, a National Collegiate Athletic Association metric for the eligibility and retention of athletes, dropped in each of the past three annual reports, to 936 in 2011 from 970 in 2008.
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