DeRuyter still with AFA -- for now

January, 18, 2010
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Tim DeRuyter hasn’t left the Air Force Academy just yet.

Despite published reports by both the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News stating that DeRuyter was leaving the Falcons to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, a deal has yet to be reached.

Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh told the Denver Post that he’s offered DeRuyter both money and incentives to stay with the Falcons, but that he’s limited on what he can offer. DeRuyter earned $205,000 in 2009.

"We've done a few things to try to sweeten the pot a little bit," Mueh told the Denver Post. "Length of contract and maybe a little more money, but my threshold is met pretty fast."

Losing DeRuyter would be a big blow for the Falcons, who thrived on defense this past season. Air Force ranked 11th in the country in total offense allowing 288.31 yards per game and 10th in scoring defense with 15.69 points per game.

The defense, which will return six starters from 2009, was the reason the Falcons finished with eight wins for the third consecutive year.

Graham Watson | email

College Football
Watson joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four seasons covering the Missouri Tigers and the Big 12 Conference for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also covered college football recruiting for the Dallas Morning News.

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