Cignetti takes Cal post

Tennessee football fans can scratch another name from the list of potential offensive coordinators for 2008.

Frank Cignetti, who interviewed for the Vol vacancy last week, accepted the same position on the California Golden Bear staff on Sunday. Verification comes from a press release issued by the Cal sports information department.

Previous candidates who surfaced in UT's coordinator search before quickly bowing out of contention were Detroit Lions receivers coach Kippy Brown and Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence.

Brown, who served as a Vol aide in 1983-89 and 1993-94, decided to remain with the NFL's Detroit Lions, who gave him a title and a hefty raise. Spence elected to remain at Clemson.

It is widely believed that UT head coach Phillip Fulmer offered the coordinator position to Brown. He is not believed to have offered the job to Spence or Cignetti. Michigan quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler also interviewed with Fulmer. It is not known whether he is a candidate for the OC position or merely for the quarterback coaching job.

Earlier reports suggested that Cignetti, who spent the 2007-08 season coaching quarterbacks for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, would prefer to remain on the West Coast. His decision to move from the city by the bay to Berkeley suggests those reports may have been correct.

Regardless, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford seems happy to have Cignetti as his new quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator.

"Frank brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and experience to our staff," Tedford said in the release. "He has a great reputation as a top offensive mind and play-caller at both the college and NFL levels. We're excited to add his abilities to our offensive staff."

Cignetti replaces Kevin Daft, who has switched from coaching Cal's quarterbacks to coaching wide receivers. The 2007 receivers coach, Dan Ferrigno, has left the Golden Bear staff, reportedly to "pursue other opportunities."

Fulmer said earlier that he hoped to have a new coordinator in place no later than Tuesday. Obviously, that deadline is fast approaching.

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