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; Scout.com‘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.