Cal coach Jeff Tedford was Kiffin's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at FresnoState. When Kiffin began interviewing with the Raiders late last week, Tedford was one of three coaches he called for advice. Tedford, who has been pursued by various NFL teams since coming to Cal, encouraged him to jump at the opportunity. "He's always had a bright mind and has always been a very dedicated, hard worker," Tedford said. "I think this is a good decision by both sides."