Pat Fitzgerald, Tim DeRuyter

Update: DeRuyter named Fresno State’s next coach


UPDATED 3:04 p.m. ET: In a press release, Fresno State confirmed that Tim DeRuyter will be its next head football coach.  DeRuyter will officially be introduced at a 4 p.m. ET press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“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 coach A&M in the Aggies’ bowl game, the school stated in its release.


Well, Texas A&M, you could be forced to name an interim interim head coach for your bowl game later this month.  And, in this lost season for the Aggies, that seems more than apropos.

As noted by Ben Tuesday, A&M defensive coordinator/interim head coach Tim DeRuyter has been heavily connected to the Fresno State opening.  After reportedly interviewing twice for the job — and after Jim McElwain pulled himself from consideration to take over the football program at Colorado State — DeRuyter is on the verge of heading to the West Coast.

The Fresno Bee reports that DeRuyter is expected to be offered the job by Fresno State — if he hasn’t already — and the coordinator is expected to accept.  Meanwhile, KFSN-TV in Fresno reports that DeRuyter will be the next Fresno State head coach.

An announcement could come as early as Wednesday, although no press conference has been scheduled according to a school official CFT spoke to this morning.  There could be a good reason for that;‘s Fresno State website writes that “the decision may not come as soon as expected [because] as of late Tuesday, DeRuyter and Fresno State had yet to come to an agreement on contract details.”

DeRuyter is finishing his second season as A&M’s coordinator and is slated to serve as the interim coach in the Meineke Car Care Bowl Dec. 31 vs. Northwestern.  Kevin Sumlin has already been hired to replace Mike Sherman, who was fired earlier this month, but is concentrating on recruiting and building his A&M coaching staff while DeRuyter preps the Aggies for their bowl game.

It’s unclear who would coach the Aggies in the bowl game if DeRuyter accepts the Fresno job.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.