California started spring practices last week looking to put a disappointing 2009 season behind it. The Bears, you might recall, jumped to a 3-0 start and rose to No. 6 in the country before being humiliated in back-to-back games against Oregon and USC. Combined score: 72-6. Coach Jeff Tedford takes responsibility for the Bears' lackluster finish last season. Then they rallied to win five of six, including an upset win at Stanford in the Big Game. Redemption and recovery? Not really.
Two weeks later, the Bears got bombed 42-10 in a surprising season-finale at Washington and looked flat in a loss to Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl. Suffice it to say, the Bears were hard to figure, other than they were consistently unpredictable. So we decided to check in with coach Jeff Tedford and see what his plan was as he enters his eighth season in Berkeley.