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07:26 AM ET 10.04 | After coaching Cal to a 82-57 record during his tenure, Jeff Tedford was shown the door this past November. Shortly after firing Lane Kiffin last weekend, the school reached out to [Tedford] to ask him to come aboard as an offensive consultant and recruiter, a source told FOX Sports. USC wanted the former University of California coach to help out Clay Helton, who is in his first year as offensive coordinator and is now in sole control of the offense. The offer to Tedford came with a suggestion he would be considered a candidate during the head-coaching search that's expected to commence in the coming weeks. The source said Tedford, who is focused on finding his next full-time position, declined the school's offer, but would still be interested in replacing Kiffin on a permanent basis.

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October 4, 2013  08:04 AM ET

S Kiffin was fired? Man, I was out in the boonies too long.

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October 4, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Strange offer in the current SC situation; how many cooks do you want in the kitchen at one time?

October 4, 2013  10:04 AM ET

USC faithful: We want Chris Petersen!

October 4, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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S Kiffin was fired? Man, I was out in the boonies too long.

GTH, where have you been my friend???? :-)

October 4, 2013  10:40 AM ET

I respect what Tedford was able to accomplish at a top academic institution where admission standards and classroom expectations are significantly higher than many of the D1 schools he was competing against on the recruiting trail. Staying academically eligible at Cal probably scared he heck out many recruits.

October 4, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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USC faithful: We want Chris Petersen!

No, you don't....set you sights higher than that. Look to Stanford, Georgia, or TAMU for your next coach.

ALL 3 better options that Petersen, IMHO.

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October 4, 2013  12:29 PM ET
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Coaching Career Wise Tedford is deadford.

Tedford's career is not dead: he would be a valuable assistant for many programs. Fact is, he's making good coin not being anything but a head coach. As to that, for the near future, things do look fairly dim and it would be a shock indeed if he were made the coach at SC. Would not bet on it, given his failed record as head coach at Cal over the last few years. He seems simply to have run out of steam.

October 4, 2013  12:30 PM ET

USC is smart though to want to get at Tedford's savvy about the PAC 10, which he knows quite well. Jeff's next head coaching gig will not be in the PAC 10.

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October 4, 2013  03:36 PM ET
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No, you don't....set you sights higher than that. Look to Stanford, Georgia, or TAMU for your next coach. ALL 3 better options that Petersen, IMHO.

You really think so? I don't know, WPS, Peterson seems to have done a lot with players that other D1 schools didn't even want. He seems to get the most out of the players he has. Imagine what he could do with the kind of talent that USC draws. IMO, he's the right guy, at the right time, for USC.

As for your other coaching suggestions...Why would an HC at Stanford leave, to take a gig with a team from the same conference, that The Cardinal program is now miles ahead of? I cannot see Mark Richt being offeted, NOR accepting an offer, from USC. And Sumlin can pretty much pick any open gig he wants. Why take over the mess that Kiffin made at USC?...just my two cents. I have no dog in this fight...

October 4, 2013  04:09 PM ET
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On one knee?

Apparently with a cubic zirconia ring...

October 4, 2013  04:40 PM ET
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You really think so? I don't know, WPS, Peterson seems to have done a lot with players that other D1 schools didn't even want. He seems to get the most out of the players he has. Imagine what he could do with the kind of talent that USC draws. IMO, he's the right guy, at the right time, for USC.As for your other coaching suggestions...Why would an HC at Stanford leave, to take a gig with a team from the same conference, that The Cardinal program is now miles ahead of? I cannot see Mark Richt being offeted, NOR accepting an offer, from USC. And Sumlin can pretty much pick any open gig he wants. Why take over the mess that Kiffin made at USC?...just my two cents. I have no dog in this fight...

All good points. I'm not sold on Petersen, though. IMO, his stock has peaked and I'm not sure he can repeat the lightning-in-a-bottle he had at BSU at the peak. Besides, his approach wouldn't work as well with entitled 5-stars.

I don't think Shaw would go, but why not try to get the best coach in the conference to come? Admission standards at Stanford have to be a drag...in contrast, I think his system/style would do weel with 5-stars.

Richt is the best, most under-appreciated coach in America. All he does is win 10+ games a year, and UGA fans want to fire him. He should take a top 10 job this year (U$C, Texas, Nebraska) just for a change of scenery and fans that appreciate him.

Sumlin will go somewhere this year...he'll ride the Johnny Football wave out of college station. What better place than So Cal and all the 5-stars (and no defense) you could ever want.....

October 4, 2013  07:01 PM ET
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GTH, where have you been my friend???? :-)

Hay, OT! I just got back from a deer hunt up in the Sacramentos of New Mexico.

October 4, 2013  11:38 PM ET
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All good points. I'm not sold on Petersen, though. IMO, his stock has peaked and I'm not sure he can repeat the lightning-in-a-bottle he had at BSU at the peak. Besides, his approach wouldn't work as well with entitled 5-stars. I don't think Shaw would go, but why not try to get the best coach in the conference to come? Admission standards at Stanford have to be a drag...in contrast, I think his system/style would do weel with 5-stars. Richt is the best, most under-appreciated coach in America. All he does is win 10+ games a year, and UGA fans want to fire him. He should take a top 10 job this year (U$C, Texas, Nebraska) just for a change of scenery and fans that appreciate him. Sumlin will go somewhere this year...he'll ride the Johnny Football wave out of college station. What better place than So Cal and all the 5-stars (and no defense) you could ever want.....

I agree about Richt. The man can coach. Period. I also agree that Mark Richt is probably the most under-appreciated HC in the nation.

That being said, I don't see him taking ANY gig outside the south-eastern region. That's his turf. Played and began his coaching career at da U, earned his serious coaching cred at FSU, and UGA is the only HC job he's had. He's a Southern boy.

October 4, 2013  11:46 PM ET

DelRio, w/Telford as OC, Ronnie Lott as DC.

 
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