BERKELEY, Calif. -- Roger Theder, football coach of the University of California Golden Bears, will be retained in that position, Athletic Director Dave Maggard confirmed Wednesday.
Theder has two years to go on his three-year contract, but a 3-8 record in 1980 brought forth much criticism and speculation that he would be fired.
However, the Golden Bears ended their season with a 28-23 victory over Stanford in their traditional 'Big Game.'
Maggard confirmed that Theder would stay on the job, but hinted that some of his assistant coaches might not do so.
'There are lots of positives despite the win-loss record,' Maggard said. 'We had really one bad year and that's not indicative of the job Roger can do. I absolutely think we can get this thing back on the right track.'
Cal was 6-5 in 1978, Theder's first year, and 6-6 in 1979, including a 28-17 loss to Temple in the Garden State Bowl, UC's first bowl game in 21 years.