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Golden Nuggets: Tedford Survives Tosh-Gate, Will He Survive 2012?

While the 2012 recruiting season will always be remembered for the Tosh incident, many have overlooked the fact that Cal signed a solid class of recruits. What's the next step for Tedford? Turn this team's abundance of talent into some quality wins.

Let's, however, switch gears with a humble question: Did anyone notice that Cal signed ESPNU 150 receiver Darius Powe (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) and four-star receiver Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif./St. John's Bosco)? Or the nation's No. 2 QB in Zach Kline? Seven of 17 signees were rated four stars.

Fact: Tedford and the Bears signed a good class. Yes, it could have been a great one. But you could say that about a lot of programs that finished second or third with elite prospects. Just imagine, for example, if USC had signed offensive linemen Andrus Peat and Kyle Murphy? Or Armstead, who originally committed to USC?

There should be no illusions about where Tedford and Cal stand. There is substantial and reasonable frustration over the recent trajectory of the program. It's based on wins and losses. It's based on the sense that Cal got big-timed by Washington with the loss of two assistant coaches. And it's based on a "what could have been" around the recruiting class.

Some see trouble. Tedford knows this. Naturally, he rejects it.

"The perception that we are in trouble is wrong because we aren't in trouble," Tedford said.

Not to go all Simon & Garfunkel in conclusion, but Tedford's task is simple: Build a bridge over these troubled waters. And start winning again in 2012.

After the jump the Bears defeat Arizona 78-74...or do they?