Fresno State fired coach Tim DeRuyter on Sunday and turned to someone who helped Alabama’s offense last season.
In announcing the coaching change, Fresno State athletic director Jim Bartko named Bulldogs offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau as Fresno State’s interim coach. As stated in his bio, Kiesau worked as an analyst who helped direct the Crimson Tide’s offense during Alabama’s national championship run last season. Kiesau also had a hand in offensive schemes that lifted running back Derrick Henry to a Heisman Trophy.
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Before arriving in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kiesau was the wide receivers coach at Kansas (2014) and the offensive coordinator at Washington (2012-2013) following stints in various roles at California and Colorado from 2002-2011.
Kiesau has a large task before him. Fresno State is 1-7 after losing to Utah State on Saturday. But the more he shows as the Bulldogs’ interim coach, the better for his coaching stock.