The Colorado Buffaloes are coming to the end of another losing season, and changes in the coaching staff are inevitable. First among them could be the dismissal or demotion of offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Reports indicate that his replacement could come from another disappointing Pac-12 program: The Cal Golden Bears. John Henderson of The Denver Post is reporting that Cal head coach Jeff Tedford could be in line for the Buffaloes offensive coordinator position:
Standing 1-10 and last nationally in scoring offense and scoring defense puts offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and defensive coordinator Greg Brown firmly on the hot seat. Neither had ever been sole coordinators before taking these jobs last year and it has become woefully clear second-year coach Jon Embree, who'd also never even been a coordinator, needs more experience.
Before Saturday's 38-3 loss to Washington, I heard from school insiders that Jeff Tedford is on Colorado's radar.
It's no certainty Bieniemy will get fired. He's the only assistant on campus with a multi-year contract and he is one of Embree's best friends. He could get reassigned. But the offense has failed to achieve any identity, let alone production, and Tedford helped produce dynamic quarterbacks at Oregon and Cal before hitting a major slump these last three years.
Tedford has been the head coach at Cal for the last eleven seasons, coaching the Golden Bears to an 82-57 record over that time. In 2006, he took Cal to its first conference championship since 1975. He has cultivated a reputation for developing quarterbacks, having coached six first round draft picks at Cal, Oregon, and Fresno State. In recent seasons, though, Tedford's teams have struggled. Cal has not finished better than fifth in the Pac-10 or Pac-12 since 2008, and have a 15-22 overall record in the last three seasons. The Golden Bears went 3-9 this season, including a 62-14 loss to Oregon State to close the season Saturday, and it is expected that Tedford will be fired on Sunday. If he is available, it is thought that he could assume control of Colorado's faltering offense.