Lovie Smith to Tap Jeff Tedford as Offensive Coordinator If He Lands Head Coaching Job

California v StanfordIt has been lost in CAL’s lack of success in recent seasons, but former Berkeley head coach Jeff Tedford brought that program out of the doldrums and into the national spotlight during a seven-year stretch from 2003-2009 that saw the current and former bottom feeder make seven consecutive bowl appearances.

Jason Cole of National Football Post is reporting that former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith will tap Tedford, who was fired by CAL following the 2012 season, as his offensive coordinator. The “minor” hiccup here is that Smith has yet to be hired as a head coach, but remains a top candidate to replace Greg Schiano with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For his part, Tedford has a long history of working well with quarterback prospects at the college level. Before aiding both Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Boller as CAL’s head coach, Tedford worked with Akili Smith (Oregon) and David Carr (Fresno State).

Tedford has no pro coaching experience and was considered for multiple head coaching jobs at the college level since being given his walking papers following a 3-9 2012 season with CAL. There is little doubt that the former Fresno State quarterback brings a lot to the table as an offensive mine, and this is exactly what Smith will be looking for should he land a head coaching job in the coming weeks.