Possible Coaching Candidate: Jeff Tedford

The job that Tedford has done in Berkeley is nothing short of amazing.

In 2001, he took over a team that was 1-10 the previous season. In four years, he has turned the Golden Bears from a laughing stock into a power in the West.

In that stretch, he's been the Pac-10 coach of the year on two occasions (2002, 2004) and hasn't had a losing season in his now five seasons in Berkeley. That's quite impressive. You can't say that about many coaches in College Football today.

He started his coaching career in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders back in 1989 as an Offensive Assistant and rose up the ranks by making stops at Fresno from 1992-1997, as QB coach and the last four years with the Bulldogs as Offensive Coordinator under Jim Sweeney and in his final season, Pat Hill. He coached a QB who would later win a Super Bowl named Trent Dilfer, you've heard of him, the QB that struggled in Tampa Bay then went to Baltimore and won a Super Bowl in Tampa ironically.

In 1998, he left Fresno for Eugene to be in the same role, a lateral move, as Offensive Coordinator with the Oregon Ducks under Mike Bellotti, the job he had until becoming Head Coach of the Golden Bears in 2002. While in Eugene, he worked with two good QBs in Akili Smith and Joey Harrington. He's also worked with top players like David Carr, Kyle Boller and Aaron Rodgers.

All those players become 1st round picks in the NFL Draft. Thrown in, he worked with A.J. Feeley during the 1999 season with Harrington.

His offenses do put up a lot of points. In his five seasons in Fresno, his offenses averaged 31.6 ppg. In his next stop at Oregon, his offenses averaged 34.3 ppg during his stint as offensive coordinator from 1998-2001.

In his five seasons in Berkeley, his offenses have averaged 34.0 ppg. He's 41-20 as Head Coach. His philosophy offensively is running the football. He's worked with J.J. Arrington, Marshawn Lynch, and Justin Forsett. Last season, Lynch had 1,274 yards and Forsett had 999 yards rushing as a backup, that's quite impressive.

To the question of why he should be the next Head Coach of the Miami Hurricanes, as the evidence has stated, he would bring instant credibility to the offense and the numbers in all his stops are evidence of that. He would instill toughness in the Offense and make each player accountable for their actions on and off the field.

Also, he would open the playbook up dramatically. Just imagine Tedford tapping into the potential of both Kirby Freeman and Kyle Wright at QB and Baby J, Derron Thomas, Charlie Jones, along with the receiving core of Shields, Leggett, Khalil Jones, and Olsen in Tedford's offense.

It would be downright scary and with the recruits that we're getting in and have already, this could be a team that can make a lot of noise nationally next season.

With the talent pool that we have in South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach), and a Championship level D that we have now, and we don't lose many starters on the Defensive side of the ball, but it would be 2008, before we won a title with Tedford.

The down side to consider on Tedford is this, vs. big time opponents, 6-9 vs. Top 25 teams at the time they played and 1-4 vs. USC. They are though 4-0 vs. their bitter rival Stanford, whom they meet this week to end their season.

Yes, the Pac-10 is pretty strong, but the ACC is another animal. Would Tedford want to come east and see if he could have similar results here with the eyes of the nation on him from Day 1?

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