Christopher Smith
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Fresno State's DeRuyter Gets New Contract

Jan 20, 2014 9:49 PM EST

It seems like every other coach has gotten a contract extension and raise this month, so why not one more?

Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter was the latest to grab a piece of the new coaching paradigm, agreeing to a new five-year deal worth $1.5 million per season, ESPN reported Monday.

The Bulldogs nearly played in one of the final BCS games before losing at San Jose State, 62-52, on Nov. 29. Led by Derek Carr and Davante Adams, the offense helped the team win the inaugural Mountain West Conference championship game, but an unreliable defense led to many close calls prior to the defeat, the first of the season.

USC dominated Fresno State, 45-20, in the Las Vegas Bowl, and the team finished 11-2 (a game at Colorado was canceled due to widespread flooding).

It's a sweet deal for DeRuyter, who made about $650,000 per year previously and had three years left on his contract, according to ESPN. DeRuyter is 20-6 as a head coach after serving as the Texas A&M defensive coordinator previously and is the latest to benefit from a talented quarterback. Now he'll be under pressure to keep the team at the top of the MWC without Carr.

It should be tough to match the 2013 season, but Fresno State is just paying market price, as the number of head coaches at the FBS level making less than $1 million shrivels.

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