Fresno State has fired its head coach Tim DeRuyter after four-plus seasons with the school.
DeRuyter, who became the Bulldogs head coach after a stint as Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator, went 30-30. DeRuyter had nine and eleven win seasons in his first two years at Fresno State, but that was with Derek Carr as the quarterback. In his last two-plus years, Fresno State has gone 10-24.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is a Fresno State alum, and Twitter quickly anointed Kiffin as the top replacement.
Fresno State has fired Tim DeRuyter.
Their Short List:
1. Lane Kiffin
— Seth Austin (@SethABC3340) October 23, 2016
Lane Kiffin's alma mater. https://t.co/XxMDe7hUV0
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 23, 2016
Lane Kiffin and Jeff Tedford are the frontrunners for the now open Fresno job. Tedford is consulting at UW, Kiffin obviously still at Bama.
— Insider (@cfbinsider2016) October 23, 2016
Kiffin has been a head coach at the college level twice. He was the head coach at Tennessee for the 2009 season and went 7-6 in his one season at Knoxville. After the 2009 season, Kiffin left to take the USC job, where he had been an offensive coordinator. In his three-plus season at USC, Kiffin went 28-15, but he was fired midway through his fourth season.
Kiffin was also the head coach of the Oakland Raiders for parts of two seasons. Kiffin compiled a 5-15 record in Oakland. As a head coach at both the pro and college levels, Kiffin is 40-36.
After being fired at USC, Kiffin took the job as Alabama’s offensive coordinator beginning with the 2014 season. In that time Alabama has broken several school records. Last year, Alabama won a national championship and the Crimson Tide are currently No. 1 in the country in both the AP and Coaches polls.
Kiffin and Alabama are on a bye this week. The Crimson Tide take on LSU on Nov. 5 in Baton Rouge.