Kevin Sumlin hinted that he would not be retaining any Texas A&M football coach when took over the job, so it was a good sign for defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter to look for a new job right away. DeRuyter was offered the Fresno State job Wednesday morning and accepted the position hours later. DeRuyter takes over for the fired Pat Hill who had a falling out with the team with losing and low fan support.
Here are some words from DeRuyter's earlier today:
"My vision and plan is for a championship Fresno State football program," DeRuyter said in a statement. "We will build student-athletes into champions, both on and off the field. Fresno State is where I can live out my dream of building a team that can accomplish this. Along with that, I want to help fulfill the dreams of the Red Wave by winning conference championships and becoming a player once again on the national stage."
DeRuyter will still coach Texas A&M through their bowl game as the interim head coach in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 31. He has spent the last two seasons as Texas A&M's defensive coordinator and prior to that he was the defensive coordinator at the Air Force Academy from 2007-09. Even further back he was the co-defensive coordinator at Nevada from 2005-07, so he is familiar with the teams in the Mountain West and that is a good thing.