By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at 4:21 pm in Football.
Jeff Tedford’s staff is intact again after the announcement Saturday afternoon that Todd Howard has been hired as defensive line coach.
Here is Cal’s official news release on Howard’s hiring.
Howard has 20 seasons of experience coaching in the NFL and in college. He spent last season as defensive line coach at Washington State.
He also has worked at UCLA and in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-05) and St. Louis Rams (1998-99).
“I’m excited to have Todd Howard as our defensive line coach,” Tedford said in a statement. “He has a tremendous amount of experience as both a coach and player at the NFL and collegiate level.
“We’ve had an opportunity to play against several of the teams he has coached in the past, and I’ve always been impressed by the way his defensive line has played. He is also consistent with what we stand for at Cal and will be an excellent mentor to our student-athletes athletically, academically and socially.”
Howard, in a statement said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for me to work with Jeff Tedford and the Cal football program. Cal teams always play hard and are well coached, and I believe that my coaching experience and knowledge will be an asset to the program. I am familiar with this conference and coaching the defensive line at this level.”
Howard was a three-year starting linebacker at Texas A&M and an all-conference selection as a senior in 1986. He spent two seasons playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Howard replaces Tosh Lupoi, Cal’s D-line coach and top recruiter, who took a position at Washington on Monday.
Cal hired former four-time NFL Pro Bowl wideout Wes Chandler as its receivers coach on Wednesday to replace Eric Kiesau. who also left to become offensive coordinator at Washington.