After three seasons at his alma mater Fresno State, head coach Jeff Tedford is set to step down, per reports. The longtime college football coach wraps up a very successful three year run with the Bulldogs.
Tedford took over for Tim DeRuyter after the 2016 season. After winning 20 games between 2012 and 2013, the program finished 6-8 in 2014, and won just four games over the next two seasons, before he was fired.
The hiring of Tedford felt like a bit of a retread move at the time, but paid quick dividends. He led the Bulldogs to a 10-4 record and division title in 2017, and won the Mountain West in 2018, going 12-2 with a conference title win over Boise State, and a Las Vegas Bowl win against Arizona State.
The team finished that season ranked No. 18 in the country in the AP and Coaches Polls.
The Bulldogs came back to the pack this year, going 4-8, with a 2-6 record in a tough Mountain West. Now, the 58-year old Tedford is stepping down. According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, it is due to unspecified health reasons.
Feldman is already calling Indiana offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer, Fresno State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2017-18, as a potential successor. DeBoer formerly served as head coach at NAIA program Sioux Falls, winning three national championships and putting up a 67-3 record in five seasons.
BREAKING #FresnoState head coach Jeff Tedford is expected to step down due to health reasons, per sources. More details to come.. He went 26-14 in three seasons there and FSU was ranked No. 18 in the country last season.…Expect #Indiana OC Kalen DeBoer to be a leading candidate.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 6, 2019
We should find out more about that today. As noted by @RedditCFB on Twitter, Tedford’s 2017 season at Fresno was nearly the biggest single-year turnaround in FBS football history, in terms of wins.
In Tedford's first year at Fresno State he was half a win away from the biggest single season improvement in FBS history. He took the Bulldogs from 1-11 to 10-4, 1999 Hawai'i holds the record going from 0-12 to 9-4.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 6, 2019
Before taking over Fresno, Jeff Tedford led Cal football for 11 seasons. He put up an impressive 82-57 record, with a 50-45 Pac-10/12 mark from 2002-2012. The Golden Bears won 10 games twice, and captured the Pac-10 championship in 2006.
Tedford also spent time as offensive coordinator at Oregon and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was the head coach of the CFL’s British Columbia Lions for a season.
We’ll have more if and when Fresno State makes its announcement today.