November 10, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford on the sideline during the third quarter against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium. Oregon won 59-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Tedford on Firing: "It Was Very Cut and Dried"

Following an abysmal 3-9 season, the Cal Bears pulled the plug on head coach Jeff Tedford in favor of Sonny Dykes a few months ago.

Now, Tedford is speaking out about his firing, claiming that athletic director Sandy Barbour had planned to fire him for a while.

“It was very cut and dried. No explanations,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. “After it was all said and done, I think their minds were made up a couple weeks before.”

“Her decision had been made and there wasn’t really anything I could say,” he added.

Tedford had been the head coach at Cal for a decade, and was responsible for resurrecting the program when he took over in 2002. However, the Bears were just 15-24 since December of 2009. They finished the 2012 season with a 3-9 record and lost their final five games.

Tedford admits that he “made some mistakes,” but “always with good intentions.” He plans on taking this season off, then getting back into coaching.

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