The University of California fired football coach Jeff Tedford on Tuesday after a 3-9 season that ended with five straight losses.
Tedford won a school-record 82 games in 11 seasons and resurrected a program that ranked among the worst in major college football. He rebuffed other job offers while patiently waiting for upgrades at venerable Memorial Stadium.
Ironically, Tedford's firing comes just as the $321-million renovation has been completed. Tedford, clearly, had lost control of the program. His Berkeley career ended after his team allowed 121 points in consecutive losses to Oregon and Oregon State.
"This was an extraordinarly difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors," Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement.