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After 11 seasons as California's head coach that included nine winning seasons, Jeff Tedford is out as the Bears head coach, a source told CBS Sports on Tuesday.

Tedford worked wonders with a Cal program that was coming off its worst season in school history, a 1-10 record in 2001 and the Bears hadn't had a winning season in almost a decade.

Tedford promptly went 7-5 in his debut season. In his third season, his team went 10-2 and finished No. 9 in the country.

Tedford gained a reputation as a QB guru, and developed many NFL quarterbacks. He not only discovered Aaron Rodgers, but helped turn him into an NFL star. Ironically, it was the program's inability to develop a quarterback since Rodgers moved on seven years ago that ultimately led to

Tedford being forced out.

Cal is only 9-18 in conference play play the past three seasons. This fall, Cal (3-9, 2-7 Pac-12) finished the season on a five-game losing streak and lost its final two games by a combined score of 121-31 to the two Oregon schools.

Some potential candidates the school might consider nclude: Boise State's Chris Petersen, San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre, Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart, Vandy's James Franklin, former Stanford assistant Greg Roman, Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes and Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter.

Petersen, 82-8 in seven seasons at Boise State, is the most intriguing name on that list. He has been pursued by several schools in recent years but has turned them all down to remain at Boise.

A source close to the coach said there are two jobs the UC Davis grad would be tempted by Oregon and Cal. The source, though, added that since Petersen and Tedford are close the thought of replacing his friend might steer him away from an opportunity to coach the Bears.

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Tedford's downfall turned out to be what had been his calling card for the bulk of his career -- quarterback play. In order to secure the commitment of Keenan Allen three years ago, Tedford took Allen's half-brother Zach Maynard as a transfer from Buffalo. Maynard started the past two seasons for Cal and I would submit was in the Top 10 worst of all major conference quarterbacks. Tedford will make someone a good offensive coordinator if he wants to go that route.

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