Coaches Hot Seat Prediction and Analysis of 2012 Season: California Golden Bears and Jeff Tedford
California Golden Bears
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Years at California: 10
Hot Seat Position: #6
Overall Coaching Record: 79 – 48 (.622)
Overall Won/Loss Record at California: 79 – 48 (.622)
Overall Conference Record at California: 48 – 38 (.558)
2011 California Record: Overall: 7 – 6 – SEC: 4 – 5
2012 California Schedule & Coaches Hot Seat Predictions
Sept 1 – Nevada – W
Sept 8 – Southern Utah – W
Sept 15 – at Ohio State – L
Sept 22 – at USC – L
Sept 29 – Arizona State – W
Oct 6 – UCLA – W
Oct 13 – at Washington State – L
Oct 20 – Stanford – L
Oct 27 – at Utah – L
Nov 2 – Washington – W
Nov 10 – Oregon – L
Nov 17 – at Oregon State – L
Number of Cupcake Teams Played by California in 2012: 1 Cupcake (Southern Utah)
Coaches Hot Seat 2012 California Predicted Record: 5 – 7
Coaches Hot Seat Analysis: We here at Coaches Hot Seat really don’t want to have Cal head coach Jeff Tedford in the Top 10 of the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings, but after the last 5 years of Cal football….
2007 – 7 – 6
2008 – 9 – 4
2009 – 8 – 5
2010 – 5 – 7
2011 – 7 – 6
Overall Last 5 Years: 36 – 28
Pac-10/12 Last 5 Years: 21 – 24
….Jeff Tedford has to be on the Hot Seat because no matter what Cal’s football history…
Mostly Pitiful and Sometimes Dreadful
Former Cal Head Coaches Records During the 40 Years Before Jeff Tedford
Tom Holmoe (1997 – 2001): 12 – 43
Steve Mariucci (1996): 6 – 6
Keith Gilbertson (1992 – 1995): 20 – 26
Bruce Snyder (1987 – 1991): 29 – 24 – 4
Joe Kapp (1982 – 1986): 20 – 34 – 1
Roger Theder (1978 – 1981): 18 – 27
Mike White (1972 – 1977): 35 – 30 – 1
…there is just No Damn Excuse for California football to struggle like it has during most of its history since World War II and a 21 – 24 Pac-10/12 Conference Record over the past 5 seasons is most definitely….struggling.
One must wonder then what exactly happened at Cal since Tedford led the Golden Bears to a co-conference Pac-10 championship in 2006 with a 10 – 3 Overall Record, 7 – 2 Pac-10 Record with only losses to Tennessee, Arizona and USC all on the road?
Now that is a Damn good question that is impossible for us to answer and what is doubly perplexing for Cal football fans is that at the same time that the Golden Bears have been treading water on the football field just across the Bay in Palo Alto Stanford football has been on a meteoric rise which has created a new question that every athletic director can ask his head football coach at any school in the country:
“If Stanford football can win with their tough academic restrictions why can’t this football program win as well?”
The above question could now be put to Jeff Tedford and the TRUTH is that Tedford has no good answer to the question of why Stanford football has blown by Cal football and is now on the rise to become a national football power and that REALITY must hit Tedford right in the face when he wakes up everyday because to lose a few games is one thing but to have a losing record against Stanford since Jim Harbaugh arrived on The Farm in 2007 is a Complete Disaster for Tedford and Cal football.
With a new Memorial Stadium to play in and new athletic center to work out of Jeff Tedford and the Cal football program have NO MORE EXCUSES and it is our opinion that anything less than 6…..maybe 7……wins in 2012 will bring an end to the Jeff Tedford era at Cal and with a schedule this season that has only ONE sure Cupcake Win and an out-of-conference game at Ohio State there is very little margin for error.
Luckily for Tedford and Cal the Golden Bears will play….
….with new head coaches in 2012 (Ohio State, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington State) and if Cal football was clicking on all cylinders like they were in 2006 they would be favored in ALL four of those games, but we only have Cal splitting those games with wins over Arizona State and UCLA and losses at Ohio State and at Washington State and we are not so sure about giving wins to Cal over Arizona State and UCLA!
If Jeff Tedford does need at least 7 wins in 2012 at Cal to return for the 2013 season then the Golden Bears MUST find at least 7 wins over the following 9 opponents…
Southern Utah – Cupcake
….and if Jeff Tedford can do that or better then he probably deserves to return for at least one more year….BUT…..with 7 homes games at the new Memorial Stadium it seems to make sense that yet another mediocre record of 6 – 6 or worse will bring down the curtain on the Tedford era in Berkeley and open up what we consider to be one of the best head coaching jobs in the Western United States which a top-flight recruiter could turn into a College Football Powerhouse in a very short amount of time.