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Jeff Tedford returns to Fresno State for second stint

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After a three-year run with the program from 2017-19, Jeff Tedford is officially returning to the Fresno State Bulldogs.

According to the official team website, Tedford has been hired to replace the recently-departed Kalen DeBoer in that role.

“I am incredibly excited to welcome Jeff Tedford back as the head coach of Fresno State Football,” Athletic Director Terry Tumey said in a statement. “Jeff is a true Bulldog alumnus, an incredible coach and leader, and has continued to be a vital member of our Valley community. The Pride and Tradition of Bulldog Football is alive and well.”

Interim head coach Lee Marks will coach Fresno State in its New Mexico Bowl outing against UTEP on December 18. After that, Tedford will take over the program.

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Jeff Tedford back to Fresno State

jeff tedford returns to fresno state
Aug 31, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs coach Jeff Tedford watches from the sidelines against the Southern California Trojans in the second half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Fresno State 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

An alumn of Fresno State, Tedford coached the Bulldogs to a 26-14 record in three seasons as their head coach. That included a 10-4 mark in 2017 and 1-2 record in 2018 with consecutive bowl wins before a disastrous 2019 campaign ended his tenure in Central California.

Prior to that, Tedford served as the head coach of CAL from 2002-2012. It’s a span that saw him lead the Golden Bears to seven consecutive bowl appearances with Aaron Rodgers shining in Berkeley.

This move comes after DeBoer exited the program following a two-year run that saw him post a 12-6 record. He opted to move on to the Washington Huskies and could very well bring 2021 starting quarterback Jake Haener with him.

As for Tedford, he boasts a 108-71 record as a head coach with 10 bowl appearances. That includes seven postseason wins.