BERKELEY -- Jeff Tedford wants to concentrate on being a head coach next season, so he's changing the structure of Cal's coaching staff to give him more time to be in charge.
Tedford shuffled his assistants Sunday, most notably hiring Frank Cignetti as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
He also hired Al Simmons as defensive backs coach, reassigned three assistants and announced the departure of three others, including respected defensive line coach Ken Delgado.
Tedford clearly has rethought every aspect of his program after his most disappointing season in six otherwise successful years with the Golden Bears.
Cal finished 7-6 with a win in last week's Armed Forces Bowl, a dismal end to a season that began with a 5-0 start and a No. 2 national ranking.
"It wasn't that I neglected anything," Tedford said. "I try to keep my finger on the pulse of everything going on, but it's hard to do it all. ... It's a good time to look at everything we do and make sure it's fresh for the players, and upbeat."
Tedford will even cede play-calling duties next season to Cignetti, an up-and-coming offensive coach who will stay in the Bay Area after spending last season as the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach.
"The main reason for all this is so I can be more efficient with my head coaching duties," Tedford said. "(After being) the play-caller and the guy buried in deep with the offense, I want to be able to have a chance to do things with the defensive players and the special teams."
Cignetti was unlikely to return to the 49ers after the club on Wednesday dismissed offensive coordinator Jim Hostler, Cignetti's longtime friend and college teammate. Cignetti was the offensive coordinator at North Carolina and Fresno State before moving to the 49ers this season.
The head coach usually takes charge of the Golden Bears' offensive game plan, but Tedford claims he'll give up some of those responsibilities this season, just as he did in 2005 when he hired Mike Dunbar for one season to call plays and implement aspects of a spread offense. Unlike Dunbar, Cignetti favors Tedford's philosophy of multiple offensive sets, including extensive use of a tight end.
Simmons, a former assistant with Cal and the 49ers who coached at Arizona State last season, will replace R. Todd Littlejohn. Kevin Daft, who coached Cal's quarterbacks last season, was reassigned to receivers, replacing Dan Ferrigno.
Tedford also promoted Tosh Lupoi to defensive line coach to replace Delgado, who resigned to take a job at Louisville. Lupoi, who played on Cal's line from 2001-05, was a graduate assistant under Delgado for the past two seasons.
JONES TO SMU? -- June Jones hasn't officially resigned from Hawaii and hasn't signed with SMU -- at least, not as of Sunday afternoon. Jones was in Dallas meeting with SMU officials and the search committee that's been working since late October to hire a replacement to Phil Bennett, who was fired after six seasons.
UCF'S SMITH TURNING PRO -- Central Florida's Kevin Smith, the nation's leading rusher this season, changed his mind and will turn pro, the school confirmed. Smith fell 61 yards short of Barry Sanders' all-time NCAA record of 2,628 yards rushing yards in a season.