Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter had his name come up Thursday in connection with the football coaching opening at Oregon State, a job that popped up rather unexpectedly when Mike Riley bolted for Nebraska.
ESPN's Joe Schad and the Associated Press' Ralph Russo were among those to suggest a possible fit.
"It's that time of year," said the Bulldogs' third-year head coach, who after a slow start is a win away from a third straight Mountain West title and already has locked up a third consecutive bowl berth. "If you're not being talked about for those kind of jobs, then you probably didn't have a very good year. I'm very, very happy here. We have a tremendous administration and it's always flattering to be connected to those things, but all it says is you're doing a good job and it's a tribute to what our guys have done here."
DeRuyter received a five-year contract extension worth $7.5 million after leading the Bulldogs to a second consecutive conference championship last season, a deal that was pushed through by President Dr. Joseph Castro, who wants to raise the university's academic and athletic profile.
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That extension, with annual performance bonuses, can be worth more per year than the contract Riley had as the Beavers' coach. He likely was the lowest paid coach in the Pac-12 at $1.5 million per year, with another $369,000 available through incentives according to the USA Today salary database.
Stanford and USC, as private institutions, are not required to make available coaching salaries.