BERKELEY -- Utah State's Gary Andersen has been contacted by Cal about its vacant football coaching position, sources said, but the Bears could face competition for his services.
Andersen, who guided the Aggies to a 10-2 regular-season record and the outright Western Athletic Conference title, also has heard from representatives of Colorado, according to a Denver Post report.
Jeff Tedford, fired Nov. 20 as Cal's coach, does not appear to be among the candidates to replace Jon Embree at Colorado. The Daily Camera of Boulder reported that a source close to Tedford said he is not interested.
Tedford did not respond to an email inquiry from this newspaper about his possible interest in the Colorado position.
Meanwhile, outgoing UC Davis coach Bob Biggs was skeptical that Boise State's Chris Petersen -- a Davis alum -- will be swayed to leave for any other job, including Cal.
The day after former UC Davis coaching legend Jim Sochor suggested that changes at Boise could sway Petersen to look elsewhere, Biggs disagreed.
"Chris is a man of tremendous integrity," said Biggs, who coached Petersen under Sochor in 1985 and '86. "If he says he's not going to do something, which publicly he has said, he is not one to back away from that. That's just not who he is. He doesn't play games."
Petersen is 82-8 in seven seasons at Boise and has turned away advances in recent years by the likes of Penn State, UCLA and
Andersen, 48, is in demand after resurrecting a Utah State program that hadn't enjoyed a winning season since 1996 when he arrived in 2009. The Aggies were 7-6 by 2011 and this season won their first undisputed conference title since capturing the Big West crown in 1979.
Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart told the Louisville Courier-Journal he has not been contacted by any school seeking permission to talk with Hilltoppers coach and former Stanford assistant Willie Taggart, also considered a potential Cal target.