Fresno State Bulldogs

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 18:  Bobby Petrino the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals watches the action during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Lorenzo Ward added to Louisville’s coaching staff

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The reshaping of Bobby Petrino‘s Louisville defensive coaching staff has continued.

Earlier in the day, Mississippi State confirmed that it had hired U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the same job. The U of L subsequently confirmed that the man Grantham replaced in Starkville, Peter Sirmon, would replace Grantham with the Cardinals, completing what was essentially a coordinator-for-coordinator swap.

Additionally, Petrino announced Wednesday the hiring of Lorenzo Ward as his defensive backs coach.  Ward replaces Keith Heyward, who left earlier this month for Willie Taggart‘s staff at Oregon.

Ward had spent the 2016 season as the coordinator at Fresno State.  Prior to that, he was on Steve Spurrier‘s South Carolina coaching staff for seven seasons.  For four of those seasons, he was the Gamecocks’ coordinator.

Ward and Petrino also have a previous working relationship, with the former working as the secondary coach on the latter’s Arkansas staff.

“Adding a coach with the experience of Lorenzo Ward is very exciting and will be a great addition to the University of Louisville football staff,” Petrino said. “Lorenzo is a guy I’ve known and respected for a long time, and saw the incredible job he did as the defensive coordinator at South Carolina. He does a tremendous job developing players, building relationships, working with a staff, and is one of the top recruiters in the collegiate game. I’m excited he will be joining our staff.”

Jeff Tedford hires away Eastern Michigan OC, O-line coach to Fresno State

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 10:  Josh Harper #3 of the Fresno State Bulldogs runs for yardage against Ryan McAleenan #56 of the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on October 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Eastern Michigan lost the Bahamas Bowl on Friday, and then lost two of its most important coaches.

Eastern Michigan offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer and offensive line coach Ryan Grubb are leaving the staff to accept the same posts on Jeff Tedford‘s new staff at Fresno State, the Bulldogs announced Saturday.

Offensive coordinators bringing along offensive line coaches has become common practice in recent years, like an architect collaborating with a specific contractor to make sure the nuts-and-bolts of the new build go in where they’re supposed to go.

DeBoer and Grubb each spent three years on staff at Eastern Michigan, helping turn arguably the most moribund program in FBS into a bowl participant. Prior to that, the pair worked together from 2007-09 at the University of Sioux Falls, where DeBoer was the head coach and Grubbs his offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

DeBoer and Grubbs transformed an offense that ranked 111th nationally in total offense in the year prior to their arrival into a unit that placed 35th in 2016.

They’ll take over a Fresno State offense that finished this fall ranked 123rd in yards per play and 125th in scoring.

Jeff Tedford adds four to first Fresno State coaching staff

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Head coach Jeff Tedford of the California Golden Bears argues a call with head linesman James Wharrie during their game against the Washington Huskies at California Memorial Stadium on November 2, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After nearly a month on the job, Jeff Tedford has made his first official hires at Fresno State.

Tuesday, Fresno announced that Tedford has added four assistant coaches to his first Bulldogs staff — Jamie Christian (running backs/special teams coordinator), Kirby Moore (wide receivers), Scott Thompson (tight ends) and J.D. Williams (defensive backs). Those four represent nearly one-half of what will be a nine-man coaching staff.

Just two of the four have been position coaches at the FBS level before — Christian and Williams.

The former spent the 2016 season as the running backs coach at UNLV, his second season with the Rebels. Christian has also spent time at FBS programs like Houston (2012-14, special teams coordinator/tight ends/inside receivers), Arizona State (2007-11, special teams coordinator/inside receivers) and Idaho (2006, special teams coordinator/running backs).

The latter was also an assistant at UNLV the past two seasons, serving as the corners coach as well. That was his second stint at UNLV, the first coming 2010-13. He’s also been a defensive backs coach at Utah (2009), Washington (2006-08) and Cal (2002-05).

Moore was an offensive grad assistant at Washington last year, his second year in the profession. Thomas was an offensive assistant at USC in 2016. Prior to that, he held football staff positions at USC (2010-15) and Tennessee (2009).

Christian, Thompson and Williams are all former Bulldogs football players. Williams also served as an assistant at his alma mater (2000-01).

Fresno State officially confirms the hiring of Jeff Tedford

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 20: California Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford walks the sidelines during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at California Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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One opening on the 2016-17 coaching carousel has officially been filled.

In a simple tweet Thursday afternoon, and following up on reports that gained steam Wednesday, Fresno State athletic director Jim Bartko confirmed that Jeff Tedford has been named as the football program’s next head coach.  Tedford replaces Tim DeRuyter, who was fired Oct. 23 in the midst of his fifth season with the Bulldogs.

The long-time West Coast coach will be introduced at a press conference Friday.

A former Bulldogs quarterback, Tedford becomes the 17th full-time head football coach at his alma mater.

According to FOXSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman, Tedford’s salary is expected to be in the neighborhood of $1.6 million annually.  DeRuyter was scheduled to make $1.548 million in 2016, which made him the highest-paid head coach in the Mountain West per the USA Today salary database.

Tedford has spent his entire collegiate coaching career west of the Rocky Mountains, most notably as the head coach at Cal from 2002-12 prior to his firing.  Before to that, he was an assistant at Oregon (1998-2001) and his alma mater Fresno State (1992-97).  His only coaching experience in another part of the country came as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, but that short stint was marred by a health issue that actually kept him from performing his duties during that one season with the NFL club.

Earlier this year, Chris Petersen announced that Tedford had been added to his Washington football staff as a consultant.  It’s unknown whether Tedford will continue on in at the role as the Huskies push toward a potential playoff appearance, although that should be cleared up at his press conference tomorrow.

Report: Fresno State closing in on hiring Jeff Tedford as head coach

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Head coach Jeff Tedford of the California Golden Bears looks on against the Washington Huskies on October 21, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Callifornia. Cal won 31-24 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Over the past few days, speculation has been growing that Jeff Tedford could be Fresno State’s top target in its search for a new head coach.  While nothing is finalized, it appears to be headed in that general direction.

FootballScoop.com is reporting Wednesday afternoon that “Tedford is closing in on a deal to become Fresno State’s next head coach.” The website adds “that if negotiations go well a deal could be struck in the next 24 hours.”

Tedford, who played quarterback at Fresno in the early eighties, would be replacing Tim DeRuyter, who was fired Oct. 23 in the midst of his fifth season with the Bulldogs.

Tedford has spent his entire collegiate coaching career west of the Rocky Mountains, most notably as the head coach at Cal from 2002-12 prior to his firing.  Before to that, he was an assistant at Oregon (1998-2001) and his alma mater Fresno State (1992-97).  His only coaching experience in another part of the country came as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, but that short stint was marred by a health issue that actually kept him from performing his duties during that one season with the NFL club.

Earlier this year, Chris Petersen announced that Tedford had been added to his Washington football staff as a consultant.