Jan 20, 2010 8:58 AM by Lee Douglas
It appears the Air Force football team is losing a top assistant.
The Colorado Springs Gazette and the Austin American Statesman report that defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter will leave Air Force to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. According to both reports an official announcement likely won't be made until after the A&M Board of Regents meet on Thursday.
DeRuyter, an Air Force Academy graduate, has been the Falcons defensive coordinator the past three seasons. He's been at the Academy since Calhoun became the head coach.
DeRuyter implemented a 3-4 scheme similar to that of the Pittsburgh Steelers and gradually turned the Air Force defense into a factor. This past season the Falcons were the number one pass defense in the country and were especially impressive in the 44-24 upset win over Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl. Houston boasted the nation's top passing offense but a frustrated quarterback Case Keenum threw six interceptions in the game. DeRuyter has been praised by many for his brilliant game plan against the Cougars.
DeRuyter will replace veteran A&M coordinator Joe Kines who retired at the end of the season.