College football roundup: Cal fires Tedford, Rutgers joins Big Ten

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---The California Golden Bears have fired head football coach Jeff Tedford.
Athletic director Sandy Barbour announced the decision at a Tuesday news conference.
"This was an extraordinarily difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors," Barbour said. "Ultimately, I believed that we needed a change in direction to get our program back on the right track."
Tedford spent 11 seasons with at the school, and compiled nine winning seasons.
Tedford took over a program that was coming off a 1-10 record in 2001, and went 7-5 in his first year. He took the team to a 10-2 mark in his third season, and finished No. 9 in the country.
But Cal went just 9-18 in conference play in the past three seasons, including a 2-7 mark in the Pac-12 this year. They were outscored 121-31 in their final two games to the Oregon schools.

---Rutgers University is joining the Big Ten, continuing the school's nearly decade-long ascent to respectability.
The Scarlet Knights leave behind the Big East. The University of Maryland announced their move to the Big Ten, beginning in 2014.
Rutgers held a news conference Tuesday that was attended by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers President Robert Barchi and athletic director Tim Pernetti.
"It's a transformative event for Rutgers," Pernetti told reporters. "It is an honor to join such a prestigious conference and begin our partnership with the outstanding institutions in the Big Ten. There's no finer conference in the nation that combines top-notch academics and athletics."
Barchi added that the Big Ten "is where Rutgers belongs."
Rutgers has been a part of the Big East since 1991, but had been seeking to leave as conference realignment weakened the league, and Rutgers risked being on the outside looking in amid a flurry of conference expansion that created a divide between the haves and have-nots in college sport.
The Big Ten unanimously accepted Rutgers' application, according to Barchi.
The question remains as to when the Scarlet Knights will officially play in the Big Ten. The school has targeted 2014, which would match the Terrapins' plans. Maryland is leaving the ACC.
"The target date I think is going to be a little bit different than Maryland's," Delany told The Star-Ledger. "I think they've got to work through whatever they need to work through with the Big East, so we'll be flexible on that."
"I'm not going to put a target date on it because I think the amount of movement, the amount of change that has occurred in the Big East with Big East members, is between those members and the Big East and I shouldn't be putting restrictions on it one way or the other."
Rutgers reportedly will attempt to pay a $10 million to $20 million exit fee to the Big East.

---The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will move to the New Santa Clara Stadium, beginning in December 2014, the Bowl organizers announced Tuesday.
The Santa Clara Stadium Authority (SCSA) and the San Francisco 49ers jointly made the announcement at an afternoon press conference to move the annual Bay Area postseason college football.
A state-of-the-art home for the 49ers is under way, with more than 20 percent finished. The first Niners game is scheduled for August 2014, four months before the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The new stadium is expected to seat 68,500, with 9,000 club seats and 165 luxury suites.
"This is an exciting, historic moment for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl," said Gary Cavalli, the Bowl co-founder and Executive Director. "Moving to the 49ers' new state of the art stadium in Santa Clara is an opportunity to take our Bowl to the next level. The college football landscape has changed dramatically in recent months with a revamped post-season structure and ongoing conference realignment. This beautiful new venue will give us the ability to attract better teams, secure additional sponsorship support, and grow the game."
Since 2002, the Bowl game has been played at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. After this season, the park has been remade into a football venue.

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