Huskies to Name Cal's Eric Kiesau Offensive Coordinator

Cal football coach Jeff Tedford lost another of his assistant coaches to Washington on Tuesday when receivers coach and passing game coordinator Eric Kiesau was hired as the Huskies' offensive coordinator.

Kiesau joins ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi, hired Monday as Washington's defensive line coach.

"Tosh and Eric have decided to take other jobs, and we wish them the best," Tedford said in a statement. "We exhausted all our resources to try to retain Tosh and Eric within the confines and continuity of our coaching staff."

In an unusual move, athletic director Sandy Barbour reacted to the loss of the two football assistant coaches by saying, "We did all we were able to do to have them remain at Cal and appreciate our community's willingness toward that effort."

Translation: Washington offered Lupoi and Kiesau more money than Cal was able, or willing, to spend.

This was Kiesau's second stint on Tedford's staff, although for just the 2011 season. He was on Tedford's staff the first time from 2002-05, after which he left for Colorado.

With Kiesau directing Cal's passing game this past season, quarterback Zach Maynard threw for 2,990 yards and 17 touchdowns while receivers Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones combined for 160 receptions for 2,189 yards and nine touchdowns.

While Tedford attempts to minimize the damage to Cal's recruiting efforts with the losses of Lupoi and Kiesau in advance of the Feb. 1 national signing day, he will also have to hire two coaches before spring practice.

"We will proceed to replace them with quality coaches," Tedford said.

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