Jan. 1, 2009
BERKELEY - University of California head football coach Jeff Tedford has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Berkeley through the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced Thursday.
Tedford, who began his tenure at the school on Dec. 12, 2001, has guided the Golden Bears to a 59-30 record over the past seven years, including a 9-4 mark this past season, and six consecutive bowl appearances. Cal defeated Miami, 24-17, in the 2008 Emerald Bowl Dec. 27 to improve his postseason record to 5-1.
The financial support for Tedford's contract is being provided by Athletic Department self-generated revenue.
"On behalf of our entire University community, I want to congratulate Coach Tedford on the outstanding job that he has done with our football team, achieving both on-field and academic success," said Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. "Under Coach Tedford, the football program now provides a reliable and robust financial underpinning for the entire Cal Athletics Department, helping to support 14 women's and 13 men's intercollegiate teams."
A two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2002, 2004), Tedford has averaged 8.4 victories per season for the Bears - the highest for any coach in Cal history - with 10-win campaigns coming in 2004 and 2006. Overall, his 59 wins are the most for the school in a seven-year stretch in more than 80 years.
"Not only does this extension reaffirm my dedication to Cal, but it demonstrates the long-term commitment the Athletic Department and University of California have to our program," Tedford said. "I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and am excited for our players, staff and fans about the direction of the program, especially with construction of the Student-Athlete High Performance Center now underway."
Under Tedford's guidance, Cal has been ranked among the nation's Top 10 in four different seasons and finished among the Top 25 three times. In 2006, the Bears tied for the Pac-10 title, their first conference championship since 1975. Before Tedford's arrival on campus, Cal went 1-10 in 2001 and had not had a winning season since 1993.
"Jeff Tedford's leadership of our football program has placed us among the nation's finest in combining on-field success with academic and community excellence," Barbour said. "He truly represents `Athletics Done Right.' The Cal football program has become an integral part of the comprehensive excellence of the Berkeley campus. I'm pleased that we've agreed to this mutual long-term commitment."
Tedford has had 74 players recognized on the Pac-10 All-Academic team, including four first-teamers in 2008. Senior center Alex Mack was named winner of the 2008 Draddy Trophy by the National Football Foundation, an award that is presented to the top scholar-athlete in all of college football and includes a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Of the 126 seniors who have played for Tedford prior to this year, 89 percent have either earned their degrees or gone onto NFL careers. The football team's most recent Academic Progress Rate report, which is compiled by the NCAA and is based on statistics from the last four years, earned a score of 967, which places the program in the 80-90th percentile nationwide. The team posted a perfect 1,000 score for the 2005-06 academic year.
Individually, Cal has had eight first-team All-Americans under Tedford, including two-time recipient Mack, plus an additional 30 first-team All-Pac-10 players. In 2006, the Bears had a pair of players collect national awards, with DeSean Jackson winning the Randy Moss Award as the top return man in the country and Daymeion Hughes claiming the Lott IMPACT Trophy for athletic performance and personal character.
Ten Bears who have trained under Tedford at Cal have been selected in the top three rounds of the NFL Draft, including Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and Green Bay starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Bears had six players chosen in 2008 - a school record for the seven-round draft.
Interest in Cal Athletics and Cal football generated by the success brought on by Tedford has reached unprecedented levels at the school. It has enabled the department to raise in excess of $100 million for the Student-Athlete High Performance Center, which will benefit football and 12 other athletic programs on a daily basis, as well as launch the $500 million Building Champions campaign that will include the renovation of Memorial Stadium and the Endowment Seating Program (ESP) to ensure of the financial future of the Cal Athletics.
Under Tedford, Cal has also realized significant gains in annual giving, football-related ticket and television revenue, and corporate sponsorships to help support its broad-based 27-sport athletic program. The number of donors to Cal Athletics has increased more than 50 percent since 2002.
Donations to Cal's Annual Fund, which were $4.7 million prior to Tedford's arrival, were $10.4 million for the fiscal year ending in June 2008. During the same time, football ticket proceeds went from $3.6 million to $11.2 million. The Bears set an average attendance record of 64,318 in 2006 and a season-ticket record with 41,366 in 2007. This past fall, Cal averaged 61,634 fans for seven home games, and the Bears have drawn at least 50,000 fans 31 straight times - each home game the last five years.
Television revenue has more than tripled since Tedford arrived on campus, and every Cal football game has been telecast live the past two seasons. A similar increase has also occurred in sponsorship and licensing revenue.
Since signing his initial contract with the school, Tedford has been rewarded with extensions three times - in December 2004, March 2007 and December 2008. The current agreement requires approval from the University of California Board of Regents. Tedford's most recent contract can be found here: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/regmeet/mar07/c15.pdf.
Jeff Tedford Year-by-Year at California