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Tim DeRuyter, Former Air Force DC, Reportedly Heading To Fresno State

The Fresno St. Bulldogs fired long-time head coach Pat Hill in December. The school wanted Alabama's Jim McElwain, but he removed his name from the running and is now the new Colorado St. Rams head football coach. However, it appears that Fresno State will turn to someone with Colorado ties: Texas A&M Aggies defensive coordinator and currently interim head coach Tim DeRuyter.

DeRuyter played linebacker for the Air Force Falcons in the early- to mid-1980s and returned in the early 1990s as a graduate assistant. He eventually moved on to a series of other coaching positions before returning to the Academy in 2007 to serve as the defensive coordinator. He remained in that position until the end of the 2009 season.

But let's connect the dots here. Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman. Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun was rumored to have interviewed for the opening, but that was quickly denied. Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin then took the position while DeRuyter was still going to coach the team in its bowl game. But with DeRuyter likely moving to Fresno State that could force Sumlin into an early start as the field coach.