The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford from his contract Friday, allowing the former Cal head coach to pursue other opportunities.
Might those other opportunities include possible interest in vacant jobs at Oregon State or Colorado State? Other collegiate head coaching positions may also become available.
Tedford, 53, underwent a coronary angioplasty prior to the NFL season and was granted an indefinite leave of absence shortly thereafter. Former Cal and San Jose State assistant coach Marcus Arroyo has served as interim offensive coordinator.
“Throughout these difficult circumstances, our primary concern was for Jeff’s health and well-being,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in a statement released by the club.
“After speaking with Jeff in recent days, it became obvious that a mutual decision to release him from his contract was the best way forward. We wish Jeff continued success in the next phase of his career.”
Tedford coached at Cal for 11 seasons through 2012 and is the school’s winningest coach with 82 victories.
After taking off the 2013 season, Tedford was hired to handle Tampa Bay’s offense. Health issues derailed that move almost before it got started.
Tedford thanked Smith and everyone in the Bucs organization in a statement, and said his health is better.
“When my health issues arose, I simply tried to ignore them and then I made the mistake of twice trying to come back too early,” he said. “At that point, the organization proposed, and I agreed, that an indefinite leave of absence would allow me the proper amount of time to rest and rehabilitate myself.
“I am happy to state that I’m healthy now and feeling great.”