Saturday, December 18, 2010

Contra Costa Times: Tedford fires two Cal assistant coaches


Cal football coach Jeff Tedford made his first moves to shake things up after the Bears' 5-7 season, firing wide receivers coach Kevin Daft and strength and conditioning coach John Krasinski on Friday.  Daft, a former NFL quarterback, was the Bears' quarterbacks coach in 2007 before moving to receivers in 2008. He held that position the past three seasons.

The Bears have suffered a void of playmaking from their receivers in recent years, and it's contributed to a subpar passing offense. Marvin Jones has been a consistent producer the past two seasons, averaging 46.5 catches, 708 yards and five touchdowns. The Bears haven't been able to find anyone else to be a consistent playmaker, although freshman Keenan Allen showed promise.

Krasinski spent the past nine years as Cal's strength and conditioning coach. He was heavily involved in the plans for the new Student-Athlete High-Performance Center currently being constructed adjacent to Memorial Stadium.  Colorado coach Jon Embree confirmed the hiring of Steve Marshall as offensive line coach. Marshall's departure from Cal, where he was the offensive line coach the past two seasons, was initially reported last week.

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