Saturday, March 17, 2007

SF Chronicle: Regents OK Tedford deal

Rusty Simmons

The UC Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved Cal football coach Jeff Tedford's contract extension, which could pay him more than $4 million in the fifth year and keep him in Berkeley until 2013.  There wasn't much discussion about details of the extension among the regents. The contract was simply read aloud with the only interjection coming during the reading of the "accomplishments" portion.  When it was mentioned that Tedford will earn a $150,000 bonus if Cal wins the national championship, a regent exclaimed, "Go Bears!"  According to the contract, Tedford's base salary will jump 34.3 percent to no less than $225,000 and his "talent fee" rises from $1,332,500 to $1.575 million. There are also a number of highly profitable incentives, like winning a national championship, being named coach of the year and maintaining the team's cumulative grade-point average.  UC spokesman Michael Reese said the base salary will come from university funds, which is not necessarily state money since it can be from unrestricted donations. He said all of the reached incentives will be paid from private gifts and donations.  Tedford is 43-20 (.683) in five seasons, including leading the Bears to four consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. He led Cal to a co-Pac-10 championship, a 10-win season and a 45-10 rout of Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl in 2006.  The team drew a top-10 preseason ranking last year and is expected to be that high again in 2007, with most of its top players returning. Staff writer Tanya Schevitz contributed to this report.


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