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Jeff Tedford on being let go at Cal: 'There wasn't really anything I could say'

In August, Sandy Barbour called Jeff Tedford an icon. Three months later, she fired him. Or at least she was forced to by University of California Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, according to Tedford.

Speaking to the media for the first time since his November dismissal, the former Golden Bears head coach told the San Jose Mercury News, "I think the chancellor had a lot to say about it," regarding his firing.

Tedford said he was called in for a meeting with Barbour on Nov. 18, the day after his team had concluded its 3-9 2012 campaign, for what turned out to be a one-sided conversation.

"Her decision had been made and there wasn't really anything I could say," Tedford said.

The next day, Tedford was on a conference call with Barbour and Birgeneau where he learned of the administration's decision.

"It was very cut and dried. No explanations. After it was all said and done, I think their minds were made up a couple weeks before," Tedford concluded. 

Tedford's firing was announced on Nov. 20.

Tedford is by far the most successful Cal coach in the modern era, but the aforementioned 3-9 season combined with stalling enthusiasm for a program playing in a renovated stadium and a graduation rate at the bottom of the Pac-12 ultimately doomed his 11-year tenure in Berkeley.

Still just 51 years old, Tedford plans to take the 2013 season off and get back into coaching with a fresh perspective and new ideas.

"This whole thing is going to give me a chance to reflect on things I can do better and differently."

Video tour of Kansas State's stadium renovations

When football season finally returns in the fall, Bill Snyder Family Stadium will have a very different look.

While the renovations are still ongoing, director of athletics John Currie took a camera crew on a video tour of the progress at the West Stadium Center complex. For those that have a hard time picturing the vision, the clip often takes a break from the construction to provide a virtual look at what things will look like when the dust settles.

The most impressive part of the addition is the dining hall for the student athletes that will be on a terrace with huge glass windows overlooking the field. Very impressive.

Take a look at more details behind the project here.

Watch every Oregon touchdown from last season. All 89 of them.

We're now in the middle of February, which means the 2012 season is becoming more and more of a distant memory and the 2013 season still feels a full 12 month away. So why not take 14 minutes to watch all 89 touchdowns Oregon scored in the 2012 season?

First, a few observations:

- It seems like every touchdown pass comes off of play action.

- Much is made of the Ducks' speed and how quickly they get the ball in space, but a great number of Oregon's touchdowns come after first (and sometimes second, third and fourth) contact. When you get a hand on these guys, you'd better get them down or they'll make you regret it. 

- Marcus Mariota demonstrated a great ability to keep plays seemingly alive from Day 1.

- I can't decide what's more under-appreciated about Kenjon Barner, his patience or his toughness.

- The most impressive score of the bunch comes at the 8:20 mark when De'Anthony Thomas scooped up a punt off a bouce, retreated and then raced 73 yards down the left sideline in a 70-14 win over Colorado.

- For those not keeping score at home: Oregon totaled 48 rushing touchdowns, 35 passing, four interception returns, one punt return and one kickoff return. 

- Joe Tessitore and Matt Millen called a lot of Oregon games.

- With the exception of Kenjon Barner, the vast majority of Oregon's touchdown makers are back in 2013. 

(H/T @DuckStud)

North Carolina is getting after it in the weight room

This is what a typical Monday looks like in the Tarheel weight room.

You can see the up tempo approach in this short clip, and now, in the second season under head strength coach Lou Hernandez and his staff, the expectations are clear and the sky is the limit coming off an 8-4 season.

VIDEO: Tennessee holds its inaugural VOLympics draft

Every head coach seeks to do two things when he takes over a program: establish new traditions and find out who his leaders are. New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has accomplished both goals with the creation of the VOLympics. 

The Vols' roster was split into 10 teams headed by two captains, which were selected by the players, who will compete throughout the spring in a variety of activities in the weight room, classroom and community. Negative activity, such as being late to a workout or missing class, will result in punishment only for the offending player's team captains. Ideally, this will allow Jones and his staff to learn who his team's leaders are, and are not, in short order. 

"We have a lot of work to do but I have been encouraged by our leadership to date. The VOLympics will spring off to that," said Jones.

The event was handled NFL Draft style, complete with photo and team hat snapshots after first round picks and quality control assistant Terry Fair playing the role of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Team captains were dressed up in business attire, and I don't know about your college wardrobe, but it took a very special occasion for me to put on dress clothes in my college days.

 Redshirt freshman Drae Bowles was the first overall selection. The full rosters can be viewed here and a Twitter account has been set up to track the event's progress. 

"It's very humbling," Bowles said, about being the No. 1 overall pick. "It means a lot to know my teammates have that kind of respect for me. I'm going to do everything I can, like FCA events, community service, go to class on time and just make sure I have my priorities straight."

While his players are racking up points, they'll also build leadership and accountability without the coaching staff having to lift a finger. 

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