College football: Former Cal coach Jeff Tedford 'definitely interested' in Wyoming job

2013-12-07T17:06:00Z 2013-12-07T18:11:02Z College football: Former Cal coach Jeff Tedford 'definitely interested' in Wyoming jobBy the Star-Tribune staff Casper Star-Tribune Online
December 07, 2013 5:06 pm  • 

Former California coach Jeff Tedford is "definitely interested" in becoming a head coach again, and has expressed specific interest in the vacant Wyoming job, according to former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti.

The UW athletics department issued a release Saturday afternoon that there would be a "major announcement" made at a 5 p.m. press conference Sunday. Indications are that the new coach will be announced at that time, but no word has leaked on who the new coach will be.

Tedford was the offensive coordinator under Bellotti from 1998-2001 before taking over at Cal. He was fired last season after 11 years as the coach of the Golden Bears.

Bellotti told Star-Tribune reporter Mike Vorel that even though he hadn't spoken to Tedford in "three or four days," that Tedford had mentioned that he was interested in the Wyoming job.

Tedford had been vacationing in Hawaii recently, but returned to the states this week.

The Cowboys' job came open last week after Dave Christensen was relieved of his duties following a 35-7 loss to Utah State that left UW with a 5-7 record. Christensen was 27-35 in his five years at Wyoming.

Former UW defensive coordinator Brock Spack, the current head coach at Illinois State, had been mentioned as a possible candidate, but he told the Bloomington, Ill. Pantagraph on Saturday that he was not leaving Illinois State.

"I am not going to the University of Wyoming," Spack said. "I am very happy where I'm at."

Other possible candidates include former Wyoming player and current Oakland Raiders receivers coach Ted Gilmore and Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz.

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