Tedford steps away from program to address health

Tedford previously resigned from Fresno State due to issues with his heart. Friday’s announcement does not paint this as a resignation.

Fresno State Head Coach Jeff Tedford will not coach the upcoming bowl game, announcing Friday that he is stepping away from his duties due to health concerns. 

Assistant Head Coach and linebackers coach Tim Skipper will be acting head coach through the bowl game. 


The big picture: Athletic Director Terry Tumey announced that Tedford is stepping away from his duties effective immediately to address personal health concerns. 

  • Tumey’s statement does not say that Tedford is resigning from the program, like he did after the 2019 season. 
  • Tedford previously stepped down after his first stint as head coach due to heart issues and underwent an ablation procedure at the Mayo Clinic. 
  • At the time he said he seriously doubted he would ever coach again because of his health. 
  • Yet after his successor, Kalen DeBoer, left for Washington, Fresno State rehired Tedford after the 2021 season with him in good health. 
  • Tedford led Fresno State to a 10-4 record and a Mountain West Championship last year. This year appeared to be headed in the same direction, with the Bulldogs off to an 8-1 record before dropping three straight games to end the season and remove any hope of a repeat title performance. 

What they’re saying: Tumey released the following statement: “Fresno State football head coach Jeff Tedford announced today that he is stepping away from his duties effectively immediately to address personal health concerns. Tim Skipper, assistant head coach and linebackers coach, will serve as acting head coach through the upcoming bowl game, which will be determined on Sunday. 

  • “The entire Fresno State community sends its thoughts and prayers to Coach Tedford and wish him a speedy recovery.” 
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