In an impromptu interview with a reporter, Sandy Barbour mentioned that she will be meeting with Tedford on Sunday instead of waiting for Monday, and she didn't say anything that could be interpreted as a vote of confidence, so Cal fans see that as a sign that he will be let go on Sunday. Cal's last game is this Saturday (they played 12 straight weeks with no break), so I guess that gives us a slight head start on vetting and interviewing HC candidates vs. all the other programs that will be firing coaches after the season.
Tedford would be an immediate upgrade to many bad FBS teams, including major conference teams like Colorado. But he wouldn't be an exciting hire for most, because of the not-unreasonable perception that the game is passing him by.
The two most frustrating things about Tedford:
1. Personnel decisions. The questions started in 2005, when Tedford stuck with in-over-his-head QB Joe Ayoob, who suffered a total meltdown against USC. Ayoob was clearly more physically talented than the backup Steve Levy, but Ayoob was not handling things well mentally and fans wanted to see what Levy could do. Levy finally started the last two games, at Stanford and in the LV Bowl against BYU, and was 2-0 because he played with confidence and within his limitations. The questions continued when Tedford stuck with QB Nate Longshore in 2007 after his high-ankle sprain that never fully healed during the season. This was Tedford's most talented team, filled with future NFLers, but Cal's 5-0 start turned into 6-6 because Longshore's play deteriorated and never recovered. Only after Cal fell behind Air Force 21-0 in the AF Bowl did Tedford finally put Kevin Riley in, and he led Cal to a huge comeback win. Most recently Tedford has stubbornly stuck with QB Zach Maynard, and inexplicably, after Brendan Bigelow's breakout performance against Ohio State (4 carries for 160 yds, two TDs, and two first downs on the other two carries), in the next game against USC he had zero carries in the first half, and he's had very few carries since, despite more spectacular plays in those few additional carries.
2. Overly complex offense with no identity. Tedford's excuse for not playing Bigelow more is that he's not picking up the playbook fast enough (Bigelow is a sophmore). The answer to that excuse is obvious, limit the playbook when he's in so he'll know where to line up, where to run, and who to block on play action. As for "identity," he just keeps adding stuff to the playbook like spread formations, pistol formation, zone-read plays, etc., instead of just playing and recruiting to one philosophy. We saw what Harbaugh did at Stanford. He wanted to play smash-mouth football, so he recruited big linemen and a bunch of tight ends (plus got lucky with Andrew Luck) and executed his vision. Despite having such a talented QB, Harbaugh stuck to a balanced attack instead of trying to pump up Luck's stats. While I am generally in favor of running Tedford's pro-style offense (several NFL coaches have commented on how well-prepared draft picks from Cal have been), it's clear he doesn't know how to react to the changing offensive landscape in the Pac-12. Cal either has to have a defense that can stop the high-scoring offenses, or have an offense that can keep up, but they have neither.
Tedford has done great things for Cal—the refurbished stadium and new training facilities could not have been done without his early succes—but it will be a relief when they finally announce a change in direction. Image: http://boards.buffalobills.com/images/smilies/cuss.gif