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California Coach Jeff Tedford promises review after bad season

He says he expects to meet with the university's athletic director next week to discuss his future. The Golden Bears are 3-8 and will face No. 15 Oregon State in their season finale.

November 13, 2012
  • Jeff Tedford expects to meet with Cal's athletic director next week to discuss his future.
Jeff Tedford expects to meet with Cal's athletic director next week… (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images )

California Coach Jeff Tedford said he expects to meet next week with Athletic Director Sandy Barbour to discuss his future after the Golden Bears finish their worst season during Tedford's tenure.

Tedford said Tuesday he will begin a thorough evaluation of what went wrong for the program as soon as the season ends Saturday night at No. 15 Oregon State.

"The first place I will look is in the mirror," Tedford said. "We'll do a deep dive and figure out where we can improve."

Tedford said he will meet with assistants and each player to get their input on how to improve the situation at Cal. The Bears (3-8, 2-6 Pac-12) are having their worst season since finishing with a 1-10 mark in 2001 that led to the firing of Tom Holmoe and the hiring of Tedford.

"Teams go through adverse moments," defensive back Steve Williams said. "This is one of our adverse moments. Coach Tedford has been here a long time. He's been with us a long time. I'm behind him 100 percent."

The recent struggles led Tedford to this thorough evaluation, where he said he will look at every aspect of the program from recruiting to academics to practice format and scheme.

"We'll evaluate all of that and take coaches' input and all the coaches and figure out where we feel like we can improve in every phase," he said. "You really have to put a microscope on it. How can I be better as a head coach? What can I do to help the staff? What can I do to help our players?"

Whether Tedford will get that chance remains to be seen. If Cal decides to get rid of Tedford, the school would owe him $6.9 million for the final three years of his contract.

Two Sun Belt officials reprimanded

The Sun Belt Conference has reprimanded two of its replay officials after they failed to properly review calls in two separate games.

The conference did not identify the officials in its announcement Tuesday.

The Sun Belt said the replay official working on the Louisiana-Monroe-Arkansas State game on Thursday failed to stop play quickly enough to review a touchdown run when an Arkansas State player stepped out of bounds a couple yards from the end zone.

Also reprimanded was the replay official for the South Alabama at North Texas game Saturday, who failed to overturn a fumble that was ruled on the field to have gone through the end zone. Video evidence showed the ball went out of bounds before crossing the goal line.

The two instant replay officials will be placed on probation and be removed from consideration to work in a bowl game.

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