Jeff Tedford led Cal to a school-record 82 wins over 11 seasons.
Former California head coach Jeff Tedford, looking to get back into college coaching after a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, has had informal discussions with Washington coach Chris Petersen about potentially joining the Huskies staff as an offensive consultant.
Petersen and Tedford have a long history together, going back to their days as offensive assistants on the Oregon staff in the late 1990s. UW linebackers coach Bob Gregory is also close to Tedford, having worked as Cal’s defensive coordinator under Tedford for eight seasons.
Per NCAA compliance rules, Petersen and Tedford cannot formally discuss a position on UW’s staff at this time because Tedford is committed to working at an elite recruiting camp this summer, a UW source told The Seattle Times. Once Tedford’s work with the camps is complete, he would be eligible to return to a college staff.
Tedford, who spent last year as the head coach of the CFL’s BC Lions, was a visitor at at least two UW’s spring practices earlier this month.
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As an offensive coordinator and head coach, Tedford built a reputation in the late 1990s and 2000s as one of the best offensive coaches in the Pac-12.
From 2002-2012, Tedford led an impressive turnaround of the Golden Bears program, taking over a one-win team and winning a school-record 82 games over 11 seasons, including five bowl-game wins. He was named the Pac-12 coach of the year two times.
As a coach and coordinator at Fresno State, Oregon and Cal, Tedford mentored a handful of notable quarterbacks, including Aaron Rodgers, Trent Dilfer, Joey Harrington, Akili Smith, David Carr and Kyle Boller.
Cal fired Tedford in 2012. He then worked as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014 but took a leave of absence that season because of health issues.