Sep 15, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs head coach Jeff Tedford embraces linebacker George Helmuth (34) during pregame warmups before the start of a game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, Pete Thamel reported that former Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford was the leading candidate in that school’s search for a new head coach after Kalen DeBoer left to become the new head coach for Washington.

Tuesday afternoon, it was all but a done deal.

Tedford played for Fresno before becoming an assistant on the coaching staff between 1992 and 1997. After his coaching career took him to become the head coach of the Cal Bears, he resurfaced as the head coach with the Fresno Stategoing 10-4 and 12-2 in his first two seasons before dropping to 4-8 in his third season, later resigning due to health reasons. He would soon after have a cardiac ablation, a procedure that blocks abnormal electrical signals in the heart and helps restore normal heart rhythms.

Since then, Tedford has said his health is on the mend and wanted to get back into coaching. Returning to Fresno seems like the ideal scenario for both sides as the school hopes to maintain the success of their 9-3 effort in 2021 and Tedford has proven he can win there.

While they await news that the deal is officially official, folks from around college football, including the Fresno area, are reacting to the news in a generally positive way.

Tedford has a strong reputation for developing quarterbacks and his list of signal-callers that he’s recruited and coached include Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Aaron Rodgers, and Joey Harrington. He also recruited Jared Goff to Cal but was fired before he was able to coach him.

There’s a rumor floating out there that if Tedford did take the job, former Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez might want to join him. That’d be quite the transfer arrival and proof that the new/old coach has still got it.

[Pete Thamel]

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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to