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Aaron Rodgers speaks in support of Jeff Tedford

Former Cal quarterback believes Tedford should keep his job as head coach of the Golden Bears.

Christian Petersen

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who played at California from 2003-04, believes Jeff Tedford should keep his job as head coach of the Golden Bears, according to a report in the Mercury News.

"They would be losing the greatest coach in their history if they make a change," Rodgers told the Mercury News in a phone interview. "I know personally I owe a lot of my success to him. He's still a close friend. I talk to him in the offseason and look forward to coming to Berkeley every year to visit."

Tedford, the winningest coach in school history with 82 regular season and five bowl wins, has drawn the ire of fans this season, as California has stumbled to a 3-8 record. Tedford is scheduled to meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour on Sunday to discuss his future at the school, according to the report.

When Tedford was hired in 2002, the Golden Bears were coming off a 1-10 season and hadn't finished a season with a winning record since 1993. He immediately transformed the program, winning seven games in year No. 1 and no fewer than eight in six of the next seven season. The last three years, though, California has posted a combined record of 15-21.

"I feel for him because I know how much he puts into it. I know how much he cares about the program and the team," Rodgers told the Mercury News. "Look at his track record. Coming off a 1-10 season in 2001 and taking them where they've been."

California wraps up its 2012 campaign Saturday with a trip to Reser Stadium to face No. 16 Oregon State (7-2, 5-2 Pac-12). The Golden Bears are a 14.5-point underdog.