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Fresno State Hires Jeff Tedford as Head Coach: What Does It All Mean?


Fresno State reportedly hiring Jeff Tedford as its new head coach. What does it all mean?


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Fresno State Hires Jeff Tedford as Head Coach: What Does It All Mean?

As first reported by The Fresno Bee, Fresno State is set to hire former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford to be the program’s next head coach, replacing the fired Tim DeRuyter. Tedford turns 55 this year, getting back into coaching after working with the Washington Huskies this year, helping out with the offense as a consultant.

He fits. The former Fresno State quarterback knows the school and knows the history of offensive talent and production, throwing for a then-school record 4,872 yards and 35 touchdowns in his two years at the school in the early 1980s. He also grew into a hot coaching prospect as an assistant, working with the Fresno State offense from 1992 to 1997.

A quarterback guru, he helped turn Aaron Rodgers into a top prospect at Cal, made Kyle Boller a first round draft pick, and put together several high-octane offenses, making the program one of the most progressive in the 2000s. This year, he’s been working with Washington Heisman candidate Jake Browning, helping to turn him into one of the nation’s most efficient passers.

Tedford spent the last few years bouncing around, working as the Tampa Bay offensive coordinator in 2014 before serving as the British Columbia head coach in 2015. He’s known more for making Cal football matter again as the head coach for 11 years finishing 82-57 highlighted by a split Pac-10 title in 2006.

It’s still going to take a while. Fresno State has decent skill player potential, but the depth isn’t there and the overall talent has dipped. At the moment, the Bulldogs are 1-9 with the nation’s 117th-ranked offense and is 126th in the country in scoring averaging 18.5 yards per game. The defense is just as much of a problem, especially against the run this year.