Cal OC quits, hopes to move up to NFL or return home

2/1/2006 - College Football

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California offensive coordinator George
Cortez left the program Wednesday to pursue a job as an NFL
assistant coach.

Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford hopes to name a successor this

Cortez had been with the Golden Bears since Tedford took over
the program in 2002, also serving as quarterbacks coach. He was the
top assistant in an offense mostly run by Tedford, who calls Cal's
plays and oversees his quarterbacks' development.

The parting was amicable and expected, Tedford said.

Cortez, a veteran CFL assistant coach who left the Calgary
Stampeders in 2001 to join Tedford's staff, hopes to become an NFL
assistant or move back to his native Texas.

Receivers coach Eric Kiesau also left the Bears earlier in the
offseason, becoming the receivers coach and passing game
coordinator under new Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins.