As of today, Jeff Tedford has been dismissed from his head coaching position at Cal. Despite garnering the most wins in the program’s history, Tedford could never turn the proverbial corner and make Cal a consistent BCS contender. While Oregon’s offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich might seem like a possible candidate for Cal to poach another Oregon offensive coordinator, Cal AD Sandy Barbour will probably be looking for a more established head coaching name to take over the program.
Outside of Tedford, there aren’t many coaches that are in any danger of losing their job in the PAC-12. Even with the influx of new coaches in the conference, the newcomers have outperformed the incumbent coaches. However, the first name that would come after Tedford would be Lane Kiffin. After losing in every important game this year, Lane Kiffin has not only ran SC’s progress into the ground, but he’s driven his own name into the ground.
Seriously, Chip Kelly might not be exactly the best coach for PR out there, but Lane Kiffin is not only a bad PR liability, he’s a bad coach. Add on the fact that he is a liability with the NCAA, and you have a coach that might need to start plastering his resume all over the CFL Facebook walls. Alas, SC AD Pat Haden has played savior to young Lane, and will give him one more shot at redeeming himself. According to some reeling SC fans, Lane Kiffin will need to change a few things if he wants to stick around.
The next name on the list isn’t due to poor performance, but outstanding performance. It’s a given, Chip Kelly will be departing Eugene within the next few years to greener pastures in the NFL. With Cal and USC entering the market in back to back years out west and other top-tier programs like Tennessee and Arkansas entering the search as well, retaining Helfrich amongst other parts of the coaching staff will be integral to continue Oregon’s success. Should Kelly leave this year, it will be interesting to see how far Oregon has moved in national pecking order with those historically great programs in the market as well.