UW football coaching search update

As the second day of Wyoming’s search for a new football coach concludes, one person seems to be emerging as a solid candidate.

Former California coach Jeff Tedford.

Jeff Tedford

Jeff Tedford

Sources tell me that UW has made contact with Tedford, 52, and at least initially there is some interest from him.

Tedford coached Cal fro 2002-12, and is the school’s record-holder for most wins with 82. He was 82-57 there and 5-3 in bowl games. His 2006 team won the Pac-10 title. Tedford also was the offensive coordinator at Oregon before landing the head job at Cal. He also coached at Fresno State and the in the Canadian Football League.

Former Kansas coach Mark Mangino’s name is gaining momentum among fans right now. He is an assistant coach at Youngstown State and has said he wants to get back to being a head coach.

Two names that appear to be out of the running is North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl and Colorado School of Mines coach Bob Stitt.

Still early in the process, but it appears the leader in the clubhouse is Tedford.

What do you think, folks? Would this be a good hire for UW if it comes to to that?

  • WyoKA

    RG, I think Tedford would be a solid pickup for coach. Mangino would be as well IMO. My question is, how well of a recruiter is Tedford? Would he be able to get more talent to Wyoming than Christensen did? IMO, whomever we bring in as head coach, this is a must.

  • Ekwyo

    Tedford would have good name recognition. I thought he lost his fire for coaching while at Cal. Maybe some time away from the game has recharged his coaching fire.

    If you want some toughness then Mangino is the man. He did a great job at Kansas (hard to be successful there in football). Part of the reason he was fired at Kansas was they thought he was too tough on the players.

  • SD Poke

    Wyo needs stability. I’m not sure Tedford gives us this. I would be afraid of him heading for higher water at the first opportunity he had. How is Mike Van Diest not even being mentioned in the discussion??? Had they hired him in 2000 I believe the program would be in a much different spot today.

  • Andy S.

    Tedford would definitely help the development of Brett Smith in his final year, and any incoming QB’s we bring in. He developed Aaron Rodgers after all. But it sounds like his final 5 years sounded like what happened to DC. He remained the same, while other programs got better and passed by Cal.
    Mangino, from what Kansas fans have told me, would be a sold coach. A lot of them are still fuming over his firing, and what has happened with the tailspin that is the Kansas football program.
    I’m also seeing gaining support for Ted Gilmore and Willie Fritz as well.