Kalen DeBoer is expected to be the next head coach at Fresno State, sources told FootballScoop on Tuesday.
DeBoer is currently the offensive coordinator at Indiana, where he has helped the Hoosiers to their best season in more than 25 years.
Prior to that, DeBoer spent 2017-18 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State. That 2-year run on Jeff Tedford's staff saw the Bulldogs go a combined 22-6 (14-2 in the Mountain West) with two division championships and one conference title. The 2018 Fresno outfit finished 12-2, defeated Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl and finished No. 18 in the AP poll, the highest year-end ranking in school history.
Fresno State went 4-8 this season. Jeff Tedford resigned on Dec. 6
In his one season at IU, DeBoer has helped the Hoosiers go 8-4, the program's best win total since 1993 while also cracking the AP Top 25 for the first time in 1994, the longest AP poll drought in the Power 5. IU's yards per play average grew from 5.48 to 6.08 and its scoring average from 26.4 to 32.6 in DeBoer's one season on staff.
DeBoer previously served as the head coach at the University of Sioux Falls, an NAIA school in South Dakota. There, he led the Cougars to a 67-3 record (including a 49-1 mark against Great Plains Athletic Conference foes) with three national championships, five conference championships and four trips to the NAIA title game from 2005-09. Two of his three losses came in the NAIA semifinals or finals.
That success led to the offensive coordinator job at Southern Illinois from 2010-13, then to the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks job at Eastern Michigan from 2014-16. From there, DeBoer became Fresno's offensive coordinator and, now, its head coach.
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