This will be the longest offseason of Tedford's tenure at Cal. He'll undoubtedly have several tough questions to answer. Yesterday he started answering (albeit in vague terms) how he'll improve the program during the offseason.
On evaluating the team going forward:
"(Preparing for next year) will start immediately. (Evaluating our team) is something we do throughout the year. We evaluate every week and as we move forward there will be a great deal of evaluation. It starts with recruiting, which we will be doing on Monday. That is something you do every single year no matter how many games you win. We haven't had a season like this, so there are a lot of things that need to improve. "
On preparing for next season:
"Like I told the team in the locker room, we are very disappointed, but I've enjoyed coming to work every single day. We have some good young players, and we will have a veteran squad next year. I have a lot of confidence in what our kids are all about. I know they will come back with a lot of focus in the off season program. "
On this year's results:
"We averaged eight and a half or something wins every year (since Jeff Tedford became the coach beginning in 2002), and made a bowl game very year. This is a disappointment. You experience something like this, and it doesn't feel good. I feel bad for the kids first and foremost, the people that support us, the university, and the alumni. I have a great deal of pride in this program; I have a great deal of love for this program. Obviously we want to get some things done. There were a lot of good football games. I have said in the past that whether you win 8 games or 9 games, there is a very fine line between 5-7 and 7-5. That being said this isn't acceptable to the coaches, and this isn't acceptable to the players. "
After the jump Tosh comes clean about telling Tipoti to fake an injury, Vereen defers questions about the NFL, and women's volleyball wins its first ever Pac-10 title.
- Shane Vereen talks about the NFL and Mike Mohamed says he's not yet ready to say goodbye to Cal.
All-Access provides us postgame videos with Tedford, Cameron Jordan & Sean Cattouse, Mike Mohamed, Marvin Jones, Shane Vereen and Brock Mansion, Giorgio Tavecchio.
Tosh Lupoi confessed to telling Tipoti to fake injury to buy more time for the defense. After being approached by Tedford, Lupoi admitted his mistake and was suspended from yesterday's game. Pac-10 commish Larry Scott praised the way Tedford and Barbour handled the situation. Avinash touched on the topic in an SB Nation Bay Area commentary post.
- After registering his first losing season with Cal, Tedford says he's going to get back to work immediately. Referring to the quarterback position next season, Tedford says the slate will be wiped clean which could open the position for one of of the younger players.
- The defensive players talk about the final play of the game and, for some, the final play of their careers at Cal.
- The women's team advanced to the finals of the Colliers International Classic with a 74-62 win over CSU Fullerton.
- The men's team managed only five points in the first half of a 57-44 loss to Notre Dame. They kept things close in the first half of the third-place game against Boston College, but got blown out in the second half.
- The top-ranked Bears saw their 14-game winning streak come to an end as they lost to Stanford in the semifinals of the MPSF tournament.