Originally posted by ads_2006:
Originally posted by billbird2111:
One thing I will say is this: Sonny Dykes is not to blame for this. Neither is DC Andy Buh. They are scapegoats and nothing more. The real blame falls on Cal AD Sandy Barbour. You want to know why Cal is the laughingstock of PAC 12 Football? It's the AD. She can't handle success nor confrontation. The moment she's booted is the moment Cal Football starts the march back from football obscurity...
seems like you really dislike Sandy Barbour.
any personal history between you two lol (aside from firing jeff tedford, a fresno state guy).
he wasn't doing well. Ever since we were ranked #1 for like 5 minutes against oregon state, he went 34-37.
Sure he did a lot for the program, but sometimes you just have to go and make the change. Are you mad at the yorks for firing Nolan/McCloughan even though they played a huge part in building the current niners (well at least last years version).
No personal history with Barbour (other than I can plainly spot suckage), and yes, I am a Fresno State guy. I went to school with Jeff. He didn't know me from Jack, of course, because my competitive football days ended in high school. But it still doesn't mean I wasn't a huge fan of the game back then, and Tedford was one of the more legendary QB's to lace up a pair of cleats for the Bulldog program. Had Tedford received the kind of recognition that, say, David Carr and Trent Dilfer received, he might have had a shot in the pros. Instead, he was content to play in the CFL and later join the coaching ranks when his career ended. He played before the day and age of the internets. If you think Fresno State is isolated now -- try going back to 1981.
If you look at the college QB's that Tedford developed -- you'll find that only one has had great success in the NFL: Aaron. And he literally stumbled over Aaron Rodgers when he went on a recruiting trip to see a tight end in Butte County (a tight end he did wind up signing). His discovery of Rodgers was a fluke. To be honest, most of the QB's he honed in the college ranks went on to have very average NFL careers. When I say average I mean VERY average. Most of those high draft picks were massive disappointments.
You going to blame Tedford for that? He was a little better at developing running backs.
It's clear that something went massively wrong during Tedford's final years at Cal. I don't think anyone outside the program knows what really happened. But Tedford didn't just "get lazy" or "forget how to coach." That's just stupid to even suggest such a thing. I'll admit, the wheels did come off. Something went wrong. I'd like to know the real truth, but who knows when or if that will ever come out. But to say he got lazy or content or the college game passed him by is just so wrong that I'm not even going to justify that with any sort of argument. Tedford will get another shot to coach again in the PAC 12. Then we'll see how much "he's lost it." And when that day comes, and he starts stomping the life out of your beloved Cal Bears, I'll be back to ask you "how did Tedford lose it and what did he lose?"
As for the Bears, it sucks to sit and watch the wife slowly start to lose interest in her old college team. The Bears are AWFUL -- in a way they never were under Tedford. They are ROUTINELY outclassed and blown clear off the field now. They are an EMBARRASSMENT.
So, who's to blame for this? Tedford? I don't think so. Your punching bag is gone. Sonny Dykes? Dykes inherited far more talent than Tedford did when he stepped through the door, and Tedford starting winning in SEASON ONE. He took a team that had been 1-10 the year before and nearly put them into a bowl game and upset Stanford while he was at it. But, though I have serious doubts about Dykes, I don't think he's to blame either.
Barbour deserves EVERY BIT OF BLAME POSSIBLE. She fired the ONLY coach that has been successful in the modern-day history of Cal Football. She FIRED the coach that gave you a brand new lease on Memorial. She CANNED the only coach to give you first class facilities to lure recruits with. When Tedford left -- whatever life was in the Cal Football program went with him.
How do you like me now?