LOGAN – The 38-20 Utah State victory over Fresno State was good for Aggie fans, but it was a bitter end of an era for the Bulldogs. Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter was fired the day after the game. The loss in Logan put the Bulldogs at 1-7 on the year so far.
In his weekly Monday morning press conference USU head coach Matt Wells, having seen DeRuyter less than 12 hours before the firing, said the situation hit home. He considers DeRuyter a good friend and remembers going through the same thing as an assistant.
“It’s no fun because families are affected,” Wells said. “Assistants’ families are affected and kids are affected and all that, and it’s just so public, but we get it. We all understand that.”
DeRuyter finished his time as Fresno State’s head coach with a 30-30 overall record. He led Fresno State to a conference championship win against the Aggies in 2013, then lost to Boise State in the conference championship game in 2014. Since that time he has been 4-16 overall.
Wells said he thinks coaches have a “tremendous” opportunity to be able to mentor kids and see their development in football and life. He said that DeRuyter “does it the right way.”
“I believe in this profession,” he said. “But there is many times it can be a cruddy business and yesterday is one of them.”