BERKELEY -- Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said she and Jeff Tedford might meet as soon as Sunday to discuss his future as the Bears football coach.
"In college football, there's not a lot of time to say 'we'll get to that tomorrow,' " Barbour said Tuesday evening.
That means the two could be meeting the day after Cal's season finale at Oregon State. The discussion "would go from there, however long it takes us," Barbour added.
"We need to resolve quickly what are the solutions to getting Cal football moving in the right direction," she said. "My first and foremost driver in any decision I will make is what's right for Cal."
Tedford said at Tuesday's weekly football news conference that he anticipated an early week meeting with Barbour, but he already is dissecting what's gone wrong in his 11th season on the job.
"The first place I will look is in the mirror. ... How can I be better as a coach?," Tedford said as his team prepared for Saturday's game.
A season that began with long-brewing excitement over the opening of renovated Memorial Stadium went off course from the start. Cal lost 31-24 to Nevada in the debut of the new facility and never has recovered.
Now 3-8 (2-6 in the Pac-12), the Bears are in jeopardy of losing their final five games of the season for the first time in 28 years.
As usual at the end of a season, Tedford will talk with his assistant coaches and each of his players individually.
This time, all aspects of the program will come under closer scrutiny, including practice routine, offensive and defensive schematics, recruiting and academics.
"It's not one thing. We have to figure out where we feel like we can improve in every phase. We really have to put it all under a microscope," he said. "We'll do a deep dive and see how we can improve."
The Bears are 15-21 the past three seasons, and three of those wins were against non-FCS opponents. They will miss playing in a bowl game for the second time in three seasons, so their game vs. the Beavers (7-2, 5-2) is their final chance to make a statement.
Senior offensive tackle Tyler Rigsbee said the players aren't bailing on their embattled coach.
"I respect that guy so much," Rigsbee said of Tedford. "He's kept this team together, which is hard to do. He's had a positive outlook and kept us feeling good about what we're doing and trying to compete every week."
Allen, the program's all-time leading receiver, likely will decide next week whether to return for his senior season or enter the NFL draft, Tedford said.
"I don't think his health issue is going to be a factor because it's nothing really serious," Tedford said of the knee sprain Allen sustained Oct. 27 at Utah. "If we were playing in a bowl game, he would be ready.
"I'll try to gather as much information as I can from the NFL so he can make an educated decision. I will support him in whatever he wants to do."
Allen remains projected as the first wideout taken next spring, according to several mock NFL drafts.
Bridgford will go into spring practice as the starter because of his experience, Tedford said, "but it will be an open competition, definitely."
Expected to challenge for the spot is top freshman recruit Zach Kline, the former San Ramon Valley High star who is redshirting this fall. Kline spent all season working and studying with the offense, rather than going to the scout team, as young players often do.
"He's a bright guy, very attentive. He still has a lot to learn, that's what will happen in spring ball," Tedford said of Kline. "The mental part is there. The next phase for him is actual repetition to experience it."
But coach Mike Riley will wait until later in the week to announce whether Vaz or sophomore Sean Mannion of Pleasanton -- who began the season as the starter -- gets the nod to face the Bears.
Jeff Tedford has won more games at Cal than any other coach in the program's history. But a loss in the season finale could spell the end of the Tedford era.
Jeff Tedford 82 .594
Andy Smith 74 .799
James Schaeffer 73 .794
Pappy Waldorf 67 .670
Stub Allison 58 .578
Ray Willsey 40 .488
Mike White 35 .538
Bruce Snyder 29 .544
Nibs Price 27 .606
Bill Ingram 27 .644
Joe Kapp 20 .373
Keith Gilbertson 20 .435
Source: Cal Athletic Dept.