With rumors swirling, Tedford could leave ‘Dogs for greener pastures

After just about two seasons on the job as head football coach at Fresno State, Jeff Tedford has lead the Bulldogs to a level of success the program hasn’t seen in quite some time. The Bulldogs have won at least 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1988 and 1989.

So would Tedford really leave Fresno State for greener pastures?

It may seem hard to believe that the former Bulldogs quarterback would leave behind a program he helped resurrect after a 1-11 season in 2016, the worst in Fresno State football history.

But, this is a business after all, and fans shouldn’t be naive in thinking that he won’t bolt if the right opportunity comes knocking on his door.

Tedford is reportedly among the hottest candidates to fill a number of presumed head coaching vacancies as the annual coaching carousel gets underway after the end of the season.

Perhaps the most prominent school that has been mentioned is the University of Colorado. The Buffaloes recently fired Mike MacIntyre after the team went 5-7.

It makes sense. Colorado presumably can offer more money–Tedford is currently making $1.6 million a season in base salary with performance based incentives that can increase the value of the contract– and top high school players may be more inclined to play for a team in a conference with tougher competition.

Going to Colorado would allow Tedford to return to the Pac-12 where he coached the University of California, Berkeley for 11 seasons before being fired in 2012 after going 3-9.

As long as Tedford continues to win, his name will be linked with other higher-profile schools whether Fresno State likes it or not.

It’s up to Fresno State AD Terry Tumey and President Dr. Joseph l. Castro to do all they can to keep the man largely responsible for the ‘Dogs return to glory.


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