Cal Bears: Season Preview

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Cal Bears: Season Preview
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Those Teddy Bears have not been as cuddly in recent memory. Unfortunately, when you are not winning, you’re not as popular or important for that matter. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford knows all about winning and losing, though losing is not a part of his genes. He has a record of 72-42 through ten seasons and is one of only two active coaches in the Pac12 currently in his tenth year or more (Riley-11). 

Tedford is known for developing and making the best out of his quarterback’s. He has coached eight of them into the NFL and seven as future NFL starters as he was offensive coordinator at Fresno State (’93-‘97) and Oregon (’98-‘01), in addition to his time coaching Cal since '01.

Teddy is the same guy who led Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington, Kyle “I wish I were A” Boller, and Aaron “The Champ” Rodgers. Billy Volek and AJ Feeley were once under Tedford as well—back in the day. A lot of those good quarterbacks were the main reason why Tedford has had so much success in the Pac-12. In fact, in the past ten years Cal has the fourth best record in conference at 44-41.

In the past five years they are still fourth with a record of 24-21. They have consistently been above .500 in conference play and have pretty much dominated the non-conference slate going 28-9 during the Tedford era. 

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