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Jeff Tedford reportedly headed to Tampa; Lane Kiffin next?

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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.

ECU transfer QB Kurt Benkert moves on to Virginia

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 East Carolina quarterback Kurt Benkert rolls out to pass during NCAA college football practice in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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On April 25, East Carolina announced that Kurt Benkert had decided to transfer out of the Pirates football program.  Less than a week later, the quarterback has found himself a new football home.

On Twitter Sunday afternoon, Benkert confirmed that he will be enrolling at Virginia and continuing his collegiate playing career with the Cavaliers.  Beckert also acknowledged his decision in a text message to 247Sports.com.

“I’m really excited to be here,” Beckert said in a portion of the brief text.

As Beckert is headed to UVa. as a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play for the Hoos immediately in 2016.  Not only that, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Beckert was named the Pirates’ starter in early August of 2015, but sustained a right knee injury a couple of weeks later that knocked him out for the entire season.  In Charlottesville, Beckert will join a competition that includes returning starter Matt Johns and Texas/Arizona transfer Connor Brewer.

Mark Richt continues to be the classiest of acts in college football

Mark Richt gestures after being introduced as the new University of Miami NCAA college football head coach, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015,  in Coral Gables, Fla.  (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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In my seven-plus years at CFT, I’ve never been shy in expressing my absolute and utter respect for Mark Richt, whether it was for an honorable against-the-grain stance on transfers or honoring a high school football player who tragically drowned before he could become a walk-on at Georgia or myriad other things.  Sunday, Richt solidified that respect.

As you may know, Richt and UGA parted ways this offseason, with the head coach ultimately moving on to Miami to take over his alma mater’s football program.  As expected, his departure from Athens was classy.

Just as expected, one of Richt’s returns to his old stomping grounds further showed his class.

Not to be outdone, Richt’s replacement showed his class as well.

Bravo to both head coaches.  Sometimes, most times, being classy is the absolute right move — even as Richt’s successor could take some lessons from his predecessor when it comes to transfers.

Ohio State draftees to sign contracts worth in excess of $110 million

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Forget about going shirtless at a satellite camp or a sleepover or climbing up a tree or any of the like; this is what you call a recruiting pitch.

During the course of the three-day NFL draft, a dozen former Ohio State Buckeyes were drafted.  While OSU failed to break its own record for most picks in a single draft, the 12 selections in the first four rounds were the most ever.

And, not surprisingly, those players are going to get paid.

According to PennLive.com‘s David Jones, those players will sign contracts that could be worth a total of $120 million.  Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch has the number pegged slightly lower at $111,462,707.  Either way, that’s a lot of cash — and a lot dollar signs for Urban Meyer to flout in front of potential recruits.

Of course, not all of that money is guaranteed, although the guaranteed dollars involved aren’t too shabby either.  From the Dispatch:

Just the signing bonuses alone, which range from Bosa’s projected $17,017,226 to Jones’ $383,393, have an expected total of $60,526,660. Unless a player does something to cause his contract to be voided, signing bonuses are theirs to keep.

Regardless of how you spin it, former Buckeyes did quite well financially the last couple of days.  And, as Jones alludes to when it comes to James Franklin and Penn State specifically and the Big Ten in general, Meyer and the Buckeyes are in an entirely different zip code than the rest of the conference — a fact that will no doubt come up on the vast expanses of the recruiting trail.

The good news for Franklin and Penn State: They had three of those 11. The bad news for them and everyone else in the league: Urban Meyer is probably preparing a recruiting flyer right now with a 9-figure dollar amount printed in big bold numbers.

Veteran NFL assistant reportedly to fill Alabama’s coaching vacancy

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On the same day some details emerged on an Alabama assistant’s “resignation,” that assistant’s potential replacement has been identified.

Citing unnamed sources, al.com is reporting that Karl Dunbar is expected to be hired as the Tide’s new defensive line coach.  Dunbar would replace Bo Davis, who “resigned” Friday amidst allegations of potential NCAA violations.

Dunbar served as Nick Saban‘s strength & conditioning coach at LSU from 2001-02, and then returned to Baton Rouge as Les Miles‘ line coach in 2005 after spending two years (2003-04) in the same position at Oklahoma State.

Most of Dunbar’s coaching career, though, especially recently, has come at the NFL level.

From 2006-11, Dunbar was the line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, and then held the same job with the New York Jets from 2012-2014.  Hired by Rex Ryan to coach the Buffalo Bills’ line in 2015, Dunbar was fired in March of this year.

Dunbar is a former NFL defensive lineman who played for Arizona in 1994-95, when Ryan was one of his Cardinals assistant.