It has undoubtedly been a disappointing season for the California Bears, as they head into their final game with a 3-8 record.
Much of the blame has been placed on head coach Jeff Tedford, who has led the team to their worst record during his tenure. Tedford took over as head coach in 2002, and is credited with turning the program around.
But as Tim Kawikami writes, it’s all about the inertia, which is going against Tedford at the moment:
I think it’s a 60/40 call in favor of moving on from Tedford. And even if it’s a 50/50 call… once the discussion gets this far, once a school contemplates it this much, it’s almost impossible to keep the credibility of the current coach intact.
If Cal brings Tedford back after all this debate–internal and external–Tedford will essentially limp into 2013 a wounded coach who only survived because his contract determined he’d survive, and that is not the recipe for brilliant turn-arounds.
Tedford is scheduled to meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour sometime next week, and as soon as Sunday to discuss his future.
The definition of inertia, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force.”
Jeff Tedford might need some kind of external force if he wishes to keep his job next season.