Tedford plans thorough evaluation at Cal

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 12:27 am •  Published: November 13, 2012
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With recruiting season picking up in December, a decision on Tedford's status would likely come soon after the season ends. For now, Tedford is operating as though he will be back and is ready to start looking in depth at recruiting needs next week.

"We're moving forward as we have work to do," he said. "We're moving forward making plans to get where we need to be and do the things we need to do."

While Tedford acknowledged that recruiting off a down season can be difficult, he said he believes potential recruits will see an opportunity to play immediately at Cal and look at the improved facilities he helped get built.

The Bears finished their first season at renovated Memorial Stadium, which underwent a $321 million facelift. There is also a $150 million on-campus High Performance Center attached to the stadium that has modernized outdated facilities.

That is just part of Tedford's legacy, which also includes a school-record 85 wins.

"He's one of the hardest-working guys you'll ever be around," senior offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee said. "He's kept a great attitude and kept this team together, which is not easy to do, especially this year with some really tough losses. Teams will disintegrate or guys will start bickering at each other. He's done a good job keeping us as a family. He's going to go back to the drawing board and work as hard as he can to get us in the position to win games."

There are also questions about the future of another key figure at Cal, star receiver Keenan Allen. Tedford said he expects Allen to decide next week whether to return for his senior season or leave early for the NFL.

Allen is the career record holder in receptions at Cal with 205. He has 2,570 yards receiving and 17 career touchdown catches. He will likely miss his third straight game this week with an injured left knee.

Allen is considered one of the top receivers eligible for the draft and Tedford said he will research where Allen would be projected to go if he decides to leave school early.

"That's important information," Tedford said. "I will try to gather as much information for him and sit down so he can make an educated decision. I'll support him in whatever he wants to do, but it's really important we get him all the proper information."