"I have a goal and a vision that Cal can get to where we compete for a Pac-10 championship and at the national level," Tedford told the Associated Press. "The first goal is to have a winning season. I want to set goals high."
Tedford replaces Tom Holmoe, who resigned effective at the end of a 1-10 season. Holmoe had a 16-39 record in five years as coach of the Bears. Cal's last winning season was 1993 when the Bears finished 9-4 under Keith Gilbertson and were ranked No. 25.
Before joining the Oregon staff, Tedford was offensive coordinator from 1993-97 at Fresno State, his alma mater.
"I've been wanting to be a head coach for a long time," Tedford said, "and I don't think there's a better fit. I want to be wide open and balanced. I want to run the football, throw it and protect the quarterback."
Tedford will continue his duties at Oregon through the Fiesta Bowl, where the Ducks will play Colorado. At the same time, he has begun putting together a staff to help with recruiting.
"I do have a commitment to Oregon to coach in the bowl game and I feel strongly in finishing that commitment," he said. "At the same time, I'm organizing a staff that will get out on the road right away. It's a fine line and I have to balance those things. I do have commitments from an offensive and defensive coordinator, but the details have to be ironed out."
Tedford also considered the job at San Diego State, but when Cal called, it made his decision easier.
"It's a Pac-10 program which has a great tradition and I'm a California guy," said Tedford. "I feel comfortable with the Pac-10 X's and O's battles and the recruiting battles. This is a great city and one of the best institutions in the country."
Tedford came to Cerritos College out of Warren High School in Downey and played for Falcon head coach Frank Mazzotta in 1979-80. In his two years, he passed for 2,674 yards, including 1,533 his freshman season. Tedford still holds the school's career passing efficiency record at .594. One of his teammates while with the Falcons was free safety Herb Welch, who went on to star at UCLA and won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.