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Report: Jeff Tedford hired by Lovie Smith as Bucs' offensive coordinator

Jeff Tedford's claim to fame is his work with quarterbacks. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Jeff Tedford's claim to fame is his work with quarterbacks. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Lovie Smith has hired former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator, ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen reported Thursday. The two sides officially reached a deal Thursday night, Mortensen reported.

Smith had reportedly lined up Tedford as his offensive coordinator when the Buccaneers agreed to a deal with Smith on Wednesday night.

Tedford coached at Cal from 2002-12. During his entire coaching career, he has built up a reputation for churning out NFL-caliber quarterbacks. Two of his pupils — Aaron Rodgers and Trent Dilfer — have won Super Bowls.

Tedford is the winningest coach in Cal history with an 82-57 record. He was fired after the 2012 season, during which the Golden Bears went 3-9 last season. Still, Cal put up nine winning seasons during Tedford's 11-year tenure.

Mortensen also reported that Chris Ballard, the Kansas City Chiefs' director of personnel, is the leading candidate to replace Mark Dominik as the Bucs' general manager.

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