A decade after receiving his first interest from the NFL, it appears Jeff Tedford is finally finding his way to a place where he might thrive. Lovie Smith will probably be coaching next year in the league, and he wants Tedford to come along as his offensive coordinator.
Intriguing pairing: Lovie Smith has former Cal coach Jeff Tedford lined up as offensive coordinator http://t.co/sfe9BlH3Nm— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 30, 2013
Smith appears to be a serious coaching candidate at numerous NFL locations (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the current flavor of the hour), and he has struggled with offense in the past. It figures he would bring with him an offensive coordinator familiar with the flavor of pro-style offenses.
(For those who aren't familiar with the connection between Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford, Smith was one of those who aided in the 2001-02 coaching search that led to the hiring of Tedford at Cal.)
In bad news for old Cal coaches, Tosh Lupoi seems to have come to the point of no return. After being implicated in recent recruiting violations, Chris Petersen has announced his new staff and Lupoi will not be part of it.
Defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi won't be part of Petersen's coaching staff. Has "been reassigned to other duties within the athletic dept."— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 30, 2013
With this demotion, it appears Lupoi is either done as a football recruiting force or will need to get a fresh start somewhere else. USC doesn't want him, Washington doesn't want him and Cal sure doesn't want him. I imagine that the word has gotten around the conference on his recruiting tactics. He might need a fresh start somewhere that is more accepting of his peddling.
Also, why did Washington keep Lupoi instead of just releasing him outright? Well...
Stuck on a boat MT @A_Jude: UW would owe Tosh Lupoi $700,000 until 1/13/14 if he is "terminated without cause." Payment drops to $350K after— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) December 30, 2013
And hey! Our old buddy Bob Gregory is back in the Pac-12! He joins Washington as linebackers coach.