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Jeff Tedford fired: Bad blood with fans a rarity

Tedford's legacy is strong and continues with players in the NFL like Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch.

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

The Jeff Tedford era is over as the California Golden Bears head coach will not be returning to the team next season.

As broken down by California Golden Blogs, Tedford's exit signals the end of a reclamation project that Tedford headed up over the past nine seasons. His team played in eight bowl games in nine years, averaged about eight wins a year and put together eight straight winning seasons. But this season was not one of those years.

The Golden Bears are just 3-9 overall, including 2-7 in the Pac-12, and their most recent game was an embarrassing 62-14 loss at the hands of the Oregon St. Beavers. That's a bad stain to leave on a legacy that was otherwise positive in Berkeley.

Tedford took over a program in shambles and was able to bring the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, DeSean Jackson and Jahvid Best, among others, to campus. Rodgers, Lynch and Jackson are all stars on the next level and that is a testament to Tedford's recruiting ability during his tenure. The stadium is renovated and there are better facilities for his players.

Tedford leaves during a bad time, but what he did for the program will always be remembered.