Sep 20, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs head coach Tim DeRuyter points towards an official after a play against the Boise State Broncos in the fourth quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 41-40. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Fresno State Bulldogs sign Tim DeRuyter through 2018

Tim DeRuyter took over a stale Fresno State team in 2012, and led them to 20 wins and a pair of Mountain West championship in just 2 years. The Bulldogs administration has rewarded him for his efforts with a 5-year contract that increases from 1.4 to 1.6 million over the course of the deal.

DeRuyter was something of a surprise hire for the Bulldogs, who had become stagnant under longtime coach Pat Hill. DeRuyter had been a long-time and highly respected defensive coordinator at a number of stops, but had only one game as a head coach. He’s certainly proven that Fresno State knew what they were doing when they signed him.

This season could prove to be DeRuyter’s most challenging yet at the helm of the Bulldogs. While they return a ton of talent – one of the perks of recruiting in California – they are losing some key components, including quarterback Derek Carr, the driving force behind the team’s two conference championships.

The guaranteed part of the contract is an interesting addition, essentially meaning that should the Bulldogs let him go prior to end of the 5 years, he gets paid out. Of course, if he keeps knocking out Mountain West championships, he might be leaving on his own terms.


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  • 5150dogfan

    David hasnt thrown a pass as a Bulldog in over 10 years…..LOL
    And this will be intersting as TD has been working with a lot of Pat Hill recruited players, we are getting to a point where its a mix of new recruits and some of PH’s ….so its time to see how TD’s recruits fit the scheme..
    (To be fair the deck is stacked against TD for 2014, between the schedule and the loss of the best QB in Fresno State history, 2 top WR’s and the starting TE, this could be a tough year on O…….The D should be super stout in 2014)

    • Al Burke

      I did say David, didn’t I? This is what happens when I write in the wee hours. I’m looking forward to a more in-depth review of the Bulldogs in a couple of weeks. Talent is rarely the issue here. Thanks for the input…