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Football: Cal hires former Pro Bowl WR Wes Chandler as new receivers coach

Cal’s new receivers coach caught 559 passes for 8,966 yards and 56 touchdowns in the NFL.

The athletic department confirmed Wednesday night that Wes Chandler, a former 4-time Pro Bowl selection, has been hired to replace Eric Kiesau as receivers coach.

Give him credit, for all the upheaval the program has experienced the past 72 hours, it took Jeff Tedford one day to hire a new receivers coach.

Chandler, 55, spent in 11 seasons as a player in the NFL. He also coached receivers for six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns, and worked in NFL Europe, where he was head coach of the Berlin franchise in 1999.

“Wes is a quality person who brings all of the things to the table that Cal stands for,” coach Jeff Tedford said in a statement. “He’s a great football coach who is an outstanding technician. Just as importantly, he cares about the kids off the field.”

Chandler, saying he shares Tedford’s visions for the game, called it “a perfect marriage for me.”

A couple of Cal’s wide receiver recruits greeted the news with enthusiasm.   Chris Harper of Crespi High in Encino tweeted, “Just got off the phone with the new reciever coach, can’t wait to meet him.”

Bryce Treggs of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, told ESPN, “I just talked to him, seems like a cool dude.”

Most recently, Chandler worked for Football University, which provides professional coaching to top prospects by invitation.

Jeff Faraudo