Posted January 20, 2014

Report: Fresno State extends coach Tim DeRuyter through 2018 season

Fresno State Bulldogs, Tim DeRuyter
In his first two full seasons as a head coach, Tim DeRuyter has amassed a 21-6 record at Fresno State, revitalizing the program.

In his first two seasons as the coach at Fresno State, Tim DeRuyter has a record of 20-6 . (Gregory Bull/AP)

Fresh off his second straight Mountain West title, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter has signed a five-year extension with the Bulldogs, CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reports. DeRuyter’s new deal runs through the 2018 season.

DeRuyter has led a remarkable turnaround at Fresno State in his two seasons on the West Coast. The Bulldogs were coming off a 4-9 season when DeRuyter took over the program before the 2012 campaign. Since then, Fresno State has gone 20-6, including a 14-2 mark in the Mountain West.

The Bulldogs fell short of a 12-win season in 2013 with a 45-20 loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The question now is how long DeRuyter will stick around at Fresno State if bigger jobs come calling. He was a highly respected defensive coordinator at Texas A&M before taking over the Bulldogs. The turnaround at Fresno State will only keep his name in the running for more prestigious coaching gigs in the future.

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