Editorial: Immediate Success Shows Tedford's Impact

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If UC Berkeley students can understand anything from the Cal football team's early success, it's that Jeff Tedford may be exactly what the university needs.

Tedford's football program has already tripled last football season's victory total, which should make the Cal football team only three more wins away from bowl game eligibility.

In dominating formerly fifteenth-ranked Michigan State last Saturday, the Cal football team proved that Tedford has turned around the program from last season's one-win debacle.

All this in the one season the Cal football team is ineligible from playing in a bowl game.

But Cal's immediate success may prove the university and the football program have changed from the days of poor academic oversight of athletes.

This could motivate the NCAA to accept UC Berkeley's appeal to lift the football program's ban from this post-season's bowl games. NCAA officials may realize they are punishing a different and respectable football program and university.

But in order for the NCAA to realize this, UC Berkeley officials must step-up their appeals efforts to give Tedford's football program a chance to participate in a bowl game. In doing so, the respect Cal's football program once had will be regained.


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