The individual Bruce spoke to before the game is a very close family friend and the most wired-in alum I have ever met. I was actually at the same tailgate (as I have been for the past 7 years).
Out of respect for his wishes, I will not use his name here; I will only reiterate what Bruce inferred from his conversation....Tedford is almost certainly on his way out at the end of the year, but more likely before the season ends.
First off - as a response to those who categorize "wealthy alums" as Thurston Howell III blowhards...don't let the facts interfere with your unfounded generalizations.
The alum in question has done more for CAL Athletics (football, basketball, baseball) for the past 3-4 decades than probably everyone here put together. It's easy to write a big check (if you have it), it takes a lot more to put in the time (man or woman hours) to generate this kind of support for the program.
He and his circle of friends were widely influential in the Save CAL Baseball campaign, and has attended home and away games for all the major sports for decades.
He bleeds Blue & Gold and is a fierce supporter of all things CAL. I have debated him re: Tedford since 2007 (the Longshore/Riley debacle) and he has always had JT's back. But it seems he has crossed the point of no return.
Therefore, if he believes Tedford must go, it's highly likely that opinion is shared by his cohorts....and that spells the end of the Tedford era.
Part II - After the game, I spoke with another mega donor, who is (if possible) even more plugged in than the alum Jenkins spoke to.
Again, I will protect their identity, but here is the substance of what I learned:
1. The buyout money is not as big an obstacle as everyone here thinks. Far more deadly is the damage a losing program will do to the long term financing of the athletic dept. Unsold ESP's etc. When I listed the buyout as a concern, this alum dismissed it with a wave of the hand, and indicated it would be taken care of.
2. This alum actually felt strongly that Tedford would NOT finish the season as head coach. A debacle in the UCLA or Big Game would likely result in a pink slip by the following Monday.
3. Mid-season firing was preferable to end-of-season, as it sends a strong signal to replacement candidates that we are SERIOUS about building a winning program, and puts us at the front of the line for the cream-of-the-crop candidates.
You can make of this what you will. Feel free to write it off as "Boston Market" information, only remember what you learned here if Sandy cuts her losses sooner rather than later.