Former Air Force defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter should be a candidate for the head coaching job at the University of Colorado. The Buffs are badly in need of transformation, and DeRuyter could lead the transforming.
A year ago, the Texas A&M defense was in shambles and coach Mike Sherman was in peril.
Then Sherman made a brilliant move.
He raided Air Force Academy, where DeRuyter had revived the Falcons defense. Air Force had lost 26 of 41 games before DeRuyter’s arrival in 2007, and the Falcons had surrendered 30 or more points in 16 of those losses.
Last season, Air Force finished 11th in the nation in total defense.
Meanwhile, the Texas A&M defense finished 105th.
Under DeRuyter’s direction, the Aggies held Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas to a total of 42 points. He’s one of the prime reasons A&M is 9-3 and ranked 19th in the nation.
DeRuyter wants to be a head coach, and he’s basically the head-coach-in-waiting at Air Force. When Troy Calhoun departs, Hans Mueh’s first phone call will be to DeRuyter.
Colorado AD Mike Bohn should beat Air Force to that call.
DeRuyter should be a candidate for the CU job.