One former Pac-12 head coach has reportedly landed an NFL job, while another, slightly more controversial coach from that conference could be following in short order.
Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday night that former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford is expected to join Lovie Smith with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as offensive coordinator. ESPN‘s John Clayton is also reporting that Tedford is Smith’s choice as coordinator, although nothing has been officially announced by the organization.
Tedford was out of coaching for the 2013 season following his dismissal in November of 2012 after 11 years as the Bears’ head coach.
Faraudo also notes that Tedford joining forces with Smith in Tampa could serve as a mini-boon financially for the Cal athletic department.
In February of this year, the former coach and the school reached an agreement on a buyout settlement that lowered the amount of money owed to Tedford from $6.9 million over three years to $5.5 million. The settlement also included language that addresses future earnings on the part of Tedford:
The parties also agreed that any salary Tedford earned above $1.5 million per year through Dec. 31, 2015 as either a Division I college head coach or an NFL head coach or assistant would be shared evenly by Tedford and Cal.
For instance, if the Bucs pay Tedford $2 million each for 2014 and 2015, he would re-pay the athletic department $250,000 for each of those seasons.
Back in November, in the midst of USC’s search for a head coach, Tedford was briefly mentioned as a potential replacement for the fired Lane Kiffin. And, speaking of Kiffin…
Rumors are swirling that Kiffin, who has a close relationship with Tedford, will join Smith’s staff with the Bucs. Specifically, the speculation goes that Kiffin would become Tampa’s wide receivers coach.
From CoachingSearch.com‘s coaching ticker:
It will be interesting to see if Lane Kiffin ends up on the staff. Ike Hilliard, who was relieved of his duties as wide receivers coach with the Bills earlier this week, is a former Tampa Bay wide receiver who will likely pursue a position on Lovie’s staff.
Kiffin’s father, Monte Kiffin, served as the Bucs’ defensive coordinator from 1996-2008 before joining his son in Tennessee, then following him to USC.
Since his late-September firing following a tumultuous four-year tenure, the 38-year-old Kiffin has kept a relatively low profile, although he did surface as a quasi-consultant at, of all places, Alabama. While Kiffin has spent the vast majority of his coaching career at the collegiate level, he does have three years of experience in the NFL, including an infamous two-year stint as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders… and, yep, Al Davis just rolled over in his grave. Again.