Tedford was the coach at Cal for 11 years, and he will leave as the program's all-time winningest coach.
That said, the Golden Bears finished 3-9 this season season, went 7-6 in 2011 and 5-7 in 2010, so obviously the powers that be felt a change needed to be made.
This is a pretty prestigious coaching vacancy, and it has to be filled by the right person. BearTerritory.net is reporting that the school has a certain criteria that it will be using to make this decision:
According to sources close to the team, the new hire will likely be comparable to the appointment of Mike Montgomery in basketball. The administration and alumni will be after a coach with enough experience and acumen to immediately turn around the program, but also a splashy name that will help sell those high-priced alumni section seats.
While Cal will undoubtedly want to find a head coach that can turn things around on the field, a new coach and a new direction can be a huge momentum changer in the realm of recruiting as well.
Here are five potential candidates for the Cal job that would bring a big boost to Golden Bears recruiting:
Note: h/t to BearTerritory.net for their insider breakdown of potential candidates.