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UPDATE: After having issues with the charter flight's landing gear, Tedford and company have landed safely at Sky Harbor Int'l Airport.

Rob Calonge talks about how Tedford coaches his players on more than just football.  The article goes on to talk about how Tedford feels about players whose fathers played in the NFL, but you'll have to click the link to read about that.

Wednesday evening after practice, Jeff Tedford addressed the team on the field. He wasn't inspiring them to work hard during practice or to be ready for their game against Arizona State this weekend.

He was scolding them for not cleaning up their room--their locker room.

Besides the scolding, the prize for not keeping the locker room clean were a few up-downs and a promise that the locker room wouldn't be cleaned by Cal personnel until the team cleaned up their own mess.

Oh the beauty of team sports. While it may sound nit-picky or even mundane, these are the types of things that promote team unity and teamwork. This sort of discipline has been done since days of the Roman army and while it doesn't seem to be all that important, when added to a consistent regimen of 'tough love', it's what moulds boys into men.

The maturation of these boys is one of the perks for Coach Tedford. "That's actually a very gratifying part of this job is seeing how the growth of development as a person as they come through," he said after practice broke Wednesday night.

They're all going to have challenges in one way or another, whether it be in school, whether it be socially, athletically, academically, there's always challenges for guys. So you need to be there to kinda' be the father figure or kind of an extension of parental arm form as they're growing, and discipline is a big part of this job. But understanding that people are going to make mistakes from time to time, you need to be here to educate them as much in that department as anything.
- Jeff Tedford on helping his guys mature into men

With that sort of outlook, it's not surprising that the coaches would get attached to these young men. "Well there's tough love that has to be given, like today," said Tedford. "I don't like doing that, but it's something that has to be done to get a point across. It's no different than my children or in essence they are my kids because I'm here for them in a lot of different areas, as is the coaching staff. That's definitely part of the job."

After the jump we have injury reports for Cal and ASU, articles on Cameron Jordan and ASU receiver Chris McGaha, Ted Miller's Halloween special, Monty and co. talking about their expectations this year, the rest of the weekend in Cal sports, and more.

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