Jeff Tedford key mentor for Lane Kiffin

The Cal coach was instrumental in the USC's coach's development in the profession

Updated: October 15, 2010, 12:37 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Lane Kiffin's dizzying ascent up the coaching ladder might not have happened if Jeff Tedford hadn't gotten tired of kicking him out of his office 13 years ago.

It wasn't personal. It was a matter of tact. Kiffin was a reserve quarterback stuck behind two future NFL players on the Fresno State depth chart. He spent a lot of his free time sitting in Tedford's office, watching film and picking his position coach's brain.

When the rest of the Bulldogs' offensive coaches ...

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