Tedford, Cal reach settlement

Tedford, Cal reach settlement

Jeff Tedford's settlement could pay him $5.55 million through 2015. (Photo: Jim Merithew/SF Chronicle)

Jeff Tedford’s settlement could pay him $5.55 million through 2015. (Photo: Jim Merithew/SF Chronicle)

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]eff Tedford and Cal have reached a settlement that will pay the former coach as much as $5.55 million.

Tedford, who was terminated after 11 seasons, was under contract through the 2015 season, which would have paid him a total of $6.9 million over that period.

According to terms of the settlement, Tedford and the university agreed to share evenly any amounts above $1.5 million that Tedford earns if he accepts a college head coaching job or NFL head coaching or assistant position before Dec. 31, 2015.

Cal already has paid him $150,000 this year and will pay him an additional $1.65 million on or before April 1. He will be paid $1.8 million by that same date in 2014, and $1.95 million by that date in 2015.

Tedford was the winningest coach in Cal football history, compiling a record of 82-57 record from 2002-2012. He took over a moribund program and brought it to the upper echelon of college football. The program had floundered in recent years, however, losing five or more games in five of the past six seasons. Tedford was fired following the 2012 season, when the Bears posted a 3-9 record, and former Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes was hired as his replacement.

“During his tenure at Cal, Jeff Tedford deeply cared for his student-athletes, their performance on the field and in the classroom, as well as their families, this department and the entire university,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement. “We appreciate all that Jeff contributed to Cal’s reputation for excellence during his 11 years at the University and wish him well in all his future endeavors.”

“I am proud of all the accomplishments we achieved together at Cal, both on and off the field, and the manner in which we raised the program’s national profile and expectations,” Tedford said in a prepared statement. “I am honored to have played a role in the renovations to California Memorial Stadium, and in improving the facilities, with the goal of enhancing the experience for the entire Golden Bear community.

“I look forward to maintaining my strong personal bond with my former players and staff, while pursuing the next chapter in my professional career.”


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