Glad we didn't hire him.
Auburn's hiring. I'd say Tennessee, but i think they're holding out for Lane Kiffin.
I can see Gruden sittin back in his lounger, being entertained by a slew of Auburn and Tennessee SEC "Hostesses" and a couple of Cal-Berkely hippies.... decisions, decisions.
As far as the annual pipe dream coaches go, I gather that Cal's first call will go to Chris Petersen.
It wouldn't be a coaching search if fans didn't bring up Chris Peterson and Jon Gruden.
...and yes, that's the name blowing up my facebook/twitter feeds.
I've already bet several people rounds of drinks that it won't happen.
the only two coaching jobs that Chris Peterson would take a real serious consideration are Oregon and Cal. He may have to wait until the season is over for Oregon job because Chip Kelly is almost as good as gone to the NFL.
Cal is an AAU member, has a terrible football team, and is located outside the B1G footprint in a major media market. An obvious target for expansion.
Also most people don't care about Cal football.
- Cal alum
The saddest part of this is that I'd rather have Cal than Maryland or Rutgers. It's actually a good undergraduate university.
as much as anyone, but refering to Berkely as a "good undergraduate university" is breaking new ground even for us.
Caltech is a pretty decent school for engineering. I guess.
Cal? Meh, nothing compared to the likes of MSU and Iowa. They just don't fit academically.
The SF Bay Area is the #4 media market in the USA. Cal won't deliver that market, any more than Rutgers will deliver the NY market, but much as with Rutgers/NY, there are a boatload of Big Ten alums in the Bay Area who could help deliver some fraction of it. Cal's athletic department is deeply in the red, much as Maryland's is, and they'd love a chance to increase those revenues. Amazingly, going after Cal looks like it makes every bit as much sense as going after Rutgers and Maryland did!
I can't believe Petrino hasn't been rehired yet. Literally. He has no probation, committed no NCAA violation, and is one of the best college coaches in the country. I look at the coaches schools picked over him last year and roflmao. Somebody had better pick him up before their rival school does.
Fire Hoke, Hire Petrino!
He wasn't available last year.
He got fired at the last possible moment before the current season, hence the panicked (and unfortunately necessary) promotion of John L Smith to interim head coach. Given the timing of his firing, Petrino hasn't entered into the hiring cycle yet, so no one has passed him over.
is Reborn Petrino.
We might consider the whole mistress episode to be irrelevant to his ability to coach a football team, but it could really be an issue in conservative states like Tennessee. Cal-Berkeley, on the other hand, doesn't care who you're banging.
Having the AD hire her without knowing about their relationship and lying on a police report is harder to overcome. He'll get another chance, but probably it'll be a job beneath his record, like Mike Leach. Leach isn't doing any favors to coaches looking for a second chance either.
But it's pretty fair to question his judgement at this point. Besides the reason he's not working today, he had that whole "ditched his team in the middle of the season" thing with the Falcons which rubs real football people the wrong way. Someone who wants to win at all costs will take a chance on him, but there will be some scared off by him.
Plus, if you're a really good program, what makes you think he won't leave the first chance he gets since he did so to an NFL team?
.......seems to be prevalent in the SEC. I can see Tennessee being extremely interested in Petrino, and possibly even Auburn, when they fire Chizik. Hell, maybe even Kentucky will take the flier on Petrino, betting that he keeps it in his pants long enough to turn them into more than cannon-fodder for the rest of that conference.
No way, though, that I see Petrino going to Cal. Cal looks over at their main rival Stanford and sees what they want and need in a coach, and will move to get someone similar. Not sure who yet, but it ain't gonna be Petrino.
I think your last paragraph is accurate. I went to Cal for undergrad. The mentality there is closer to "don't embarrass the school at all costs". In the AD's statement today, the decline in the graduation rate was mentioned near the top. The alumni would probably run the entire administration out on a rail if Petrino were even brought in for an interview.
I heard Al Borges is Cal's first choice.
When you look at the sheer volume of NFL talent he's had versus the performance on the field, it's alarming. Other than 2004, when they went 10-2 with Aaron freaking Rodgers as their quarterback, they were never better than mediocre, and getting worse over time. Here are the records, with the current NFL players resulting.
2012: 3-9 (Projected in first six rounds: Keenan Allen, Aaron Tipoti, Matt Summers-Gavin, Marc Anthony, Zach Maynard; in the conversation: Isi Sofele, Brian Schwneke, Dominic Galas, Josh Hill)
2011: 5-7 (DJ Campbell, Trevor Guyton, Marvin Jones, Mychael Kendricks, Ernst Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz, Bryan Anger)
2010: 5-7 (Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen, Jeremy Ross, Chris Conte, Mike Mohamed)
2009: 7-5 (Tyson Alualu, Jahvid Best, Mike Tepper, Sydquan Thompson)
2008: 9-4 (Alex Mack, Cameron Morrah, Will Ta'ufo'ou)
2007: 7-6 (Brian de la Puente, Thomas DeCoud, Justin Forsett, Mike Gibson, Lavelle Hawkins, DeSean Jackson, Craig Stevens,)
2006: 10-3 (Desmond Bishop, Dante Hughes, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane)
2005: 8-4 (Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan O'Callaghan)
2004: 10-2 (Aaron Rodgers, Matt Giordano)
2003: 7-6 (Nnamdi Asomugha, Tully Banta-Cain)
On talent alone, the 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 teams have to be four of the most under-performing teams of the last 20 years. Just unbelievably loaded, and they couldn't get it done on the field, ever. Brilliant recruiter and developer of talent. Terrible game-day coach.
I think it's tough to conclude that Cal underperformed based solely on that list. Most of those draft classes feature one or two good players but very little depth. I would bet that a lot of mediocre BCS schools feature similar classes. One or two good players doesn't make a team - or have we forgotten that Brandon Graham went 13th overall after playing for 3-9 and 5-7 Michigan teams?
That's not a Brandon Graham situation. You're talking about 5-6 NFL starters both years. In 2009 at Michigan, it was Graham and nothing else. In 2007, Cal was pre-season #5 based on what they had done the year before, the returning talent, and the recruiting pipeline. They just didn't do anything on the field. 2010 was very similar.
The 2006 team was legitimately good too. Shared the conference title with USC that year.
I think I can pinpoint the exact moment the decline started:
They were a play away from being ranked #1 in 2007. It's pretty much all been downhill since then.
I don't see Tedford as a horrible coach. He took an awful program and turned it into something relevant and seriously challenged a USC team that paid its way to the top. This could be a serious Minnesota/Glen Mason situation.
Damn Texas and their campaigning in 2004 for poll position. If Cal had gotten into the Rose for the PAC-10 - Big 10 matchup we could have easily taken them considering they got rolled by Texas Tech.
What schools are looking for new coaches?
With that, who are the hot names?
should have a bunch of buzz this offseason. There's also Peterson, mentioned earlier in the thread.
Coach Doeren at Northern Illinois. He's 21-4 in his first two years, MAC Championship last year, MAC West Champions this year and will play for another MAC Championship. If not after this year definitely after the following he'll be moving on. He's done a great job there so far.
I have a feeling Purdue will go after him.
Ohio's coach (solich) is a pretty decent coach. He coached Nebraska after Osbourne retired.
Solich is 68 years old. He's at his final coaching stop.
Kent state at 10-1 this year and 7-0 in the MAC with a victory over the B1G's newest member, Rutgers. Of course, their lone loss was to an abyssmal Kentucky, so there's that.
Charlie Strong is going to get a lot of looks as well. He's probably the hottest coach on the radar currently.
I think the ball is in Louisville's court. They need to join the Big Twelve immediately. If Louisville is in a BCS conference I think Strong stays. From what I hear around the Louisville program, Louisville gave him a shot when no one else would and he wants to prove everyone who passed him over wrong.
I would add Diaco, ND's D-coordinator, to that list. With the way their defense is playing someone will give him a head coaching gig.
...it had escaped me that Cal vs Stanford a/k/a The Game on the west coast, was moved to mid-season. What an abomination. Let that never, ever happen to us. Let us punish, severely, anyone who speaks of it or even thinks of it. Now there really is only one "The Game." Okay, two:
I foresee you being pissed. I almost guarantee the game changes date. I don't want it to but I'm just feeling that it will happen to prevent any 2 games in a row scenario. There won't be any cross divisional matchups to end the season post 2014.
Kinda like what we're gonna see in the PAC 12... Stanford is playing UCLA this weekend. And again next weekend for the PAC 12 championship.
au contraire mon amie......
I predict that the 2015 against OSU will be played mid-season, UTL, and will be done so to avoid the "problem" of potenital back-to-back games to end the season.
I'm calling my shot here....
The other reason will be to showcase the Big Ten on the National Stage.
.....The Times they are a Changing.......
Cal-Stanford is referred to as "The Big Game"....which I just scoffed at when I was there. So close (and absurdly inaccurate), but technically different than "The Game."
Cal-Stanford is the Big Game. Can't forget the "Big" part.
Per Wikipedia, Tedford was 82-57 at Cal. He was one of only three coaches to have a winning record while at Cal since 1956, and the other two were only ten total games over .500 in their eleven total seasons.
Fun fact: The most recent Cal coach with a better record than Tedford's was Pappy Waldorf, who went 67-32-4 from '47-'56. Who didn't love Pappy Waldorf? The Commies, that's who.
That's exactly why, as an alum, I'm not all fired up about him being gone. It could be worse. It could be a LOT worse. And, it probably will be.
I see Cal bringing Steve Mariucci back!!!
Ahhhh Steve Mariucci, the guy who's name used to always come up for every coaching vacancy before Gruden was on the market.
What about Tom Bradley?
Didnt a wr we were recruiting pretty hard choose them over us?
Yea it is Powe. I'm thinking about the kid that went to ucla
yeah it could have been him, I was thinking further back to Devin Lucien who went to UCLA. This was when I first started following recruiting, but if i remember correctly he was a guy who referrenced this blog in one of his interviews and that turned this place around when talking about recruits cause they look at the stuff talked about on here. I could be wrong but he visited and was talking about committing here and was told we were full
Maybe you're thinking of Desean Jackson. He was about to commit to M, but we took Leterryal(sp?) Savoy before he could commit.
Who wouldn't want to coach at Cal? Great location, Pac12 conference, expectations aren't ridiculously lofty....
Hell, sign me up.
This is just like Minny firing Glen Mason. A coach turns a perennial doormat into a team that is slightly better than mediocre, but it isn't good enough. Instead of realizing that the coach has reached the program's ceiling, the fans and admins become entitled and arrogant, and decide that they "deserve better."
Be careful what you ask for...
Sure, you can be 2-10, 1-11, or 0-12, but 3-9 means your team is absolutely terrible. Glen Mason went 3-9 his first year, then never worse than 4-7 after. He got fired at 6-7. There's plenty of room to fall from mediocre (as Illinois found out this year). There's no room to fall from 3-9.
I remember reading that one reason UCLA has problems getting bigtime coaches is because it is part of the California university system, so their hands are quite tied as far as what they can offer for salaries. I believe that heads/assistants are quite poorly paid in relation to other private schools for comparable talent.
which is more than what Hoke signed on for (~$2m), but less than RR ($2.5m). You can definitely get a good coach at that price, although it probably needs to be a Hoke type situation with a coach that has a relatively unproven track record but high upside in the intangibles department.
The assistants make squat compared to private schools, so a HC can't build and keep a good staff. Salaries are contolled by the UC system and Tedford was the highest employee in the system.
Cal threads demand a link to the play
Huh, the kicker for Stanford was named Mark Harmon (but not that Mark Harmon). Never noticed that before.