BC Lions head coach Jeff Tedford resigns

A year ago, Jeff Tedford became the BC (British Columbia) Lions head coach in the Canadian Football League. Now, the Lions will have a new head coach once again.

Tedford has resigned from his post as he pursues other opportunities. The Lions will he coached by general manager Wally Buono for the 2016 season.

The former Cal Bears head coach has thrown his name back into the collegiate coaching carousel. As the coaching changes are in full swing, Tedford is hoping that he could get a job when some jobs have been promoted from within instead of hiring from the outside.

Tedford began his coaching career in the CFL after playing six years in the league in the 1980s. This season, the Lions finished with a 7-11 record.

“After much consideration,” the statement read, “I have elected to exercise an option in my contract and will resign as head coach of the B.C. Lions in order to pursue other opportunities in college football.

“I want to thank Lions ownership, management, coaching staff and players and in particular Lions fans for the opportunity and privilege of serving as head coach this past year. The team displayed great fortitude in overcoming several obstacles this season and the future is very bright for these young Lions. I wish the Lions family the very best and long and continued success.”

As Tedford becomes available, the college coaching jobs are shrinking, at least the head coaching jobs. His former employer already has a head coach, at least for the time being.

There’s always the chance that Tedford could return to the Cal Bears. That’s a big if as they are currently being coached by Sonny Dykes, who has been mentioned for the Virginia Cavaliers head coaching position since Mike London resigned on Sunday. Dykes is 13-23 as the Bears head coach, but the Bears went 7-5 this season.

If he can’t get a job as a head coach, there’s always the chance that Tedford could land a job as an offensive coordinator. At the moment in FCS, Montana State has an opening with their offensive coordinator position.

Just last month, it was reported that search firms were interested to see if the 54-year-old Tedford would return to the college game. It seems like he’ll return now than in the past several years.

He was the Bears head coach from 2002 through 2012, before he was fired. After sitting out the 2013 season, he was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Lovie Smith, as the team’s offensive coordinator.

However, due to health concerns following his heart procedure, he was released from his contract last December with the Bucs, as he hoped to pursue other coaching opportunities. When the team announced his release through a press release, he declared he was “healthy now and feeling great.”

His other experience was as an assistant coach with the Oregon Ducks from 1998 through 2001. He was also an assistant at his alma mater, the Fresno State Bulldogs, from 1992 through 1997.

He began his coaching career with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL, where he was an offensive assistant from 1989 through 1991.

As the Bears head coach, he was 87-60 including 5-3 in bowl games. The Bears won the Pac-10 Championship in 2006.

When he left Cal, he had the most bowl wins, conference wins (50), and games coached in 139 in school history. He also had seven wins against Stanford, which tied Pappy Waldorf for the most “Big Game” wins.

From 2005 through 2008, Tedford and the Bears won four straight bowl games. They won the Las Vegas Bowl in ’05, Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in ’06, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in ’07 and the Emerald Bowl in ’08.

However, after that win streak, the Bears lost his final two bowl games over a three-year period. They lost the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to the Utah Utes, 37-27.

Then, in 2011, the Bears lost to the Texas Longhorns, 21-10, in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.

He had 40 players, while at Cal, who were drafted in the NFL. Eight of those players were drafted in the first round, including Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

He was a player with four teams in the CFL from 1983 through 1988. He played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1983-85, then Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in three consecutive seasons.

There are currently nine head coaching openings at the FBS level, which includes five within the Power Five programs. Just two of those jobs are west of the Mississippi River.

Missouri, who has interviewed defensive coordinator Barry Odom, among others, to replace retired coach Gary Pinkel, and Louisiana-Monroe are the two jobs in question. While we do not know where Tedford will coach as a head coach or an offensive coordinator next season, his potential employer will remains unclear.

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