Fresno State hires Jeff Tedford as new coach

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Fresno State has hired former California coach Jeff Tedford to take over the struggling program.

Athletic director Jim Bartko announced Thursday that he had found the replacement for the fired Tim DeRuyter. A news conference will be held Friday to officially introduce Tedford.

Tedford played quarterback at Fresno State in the 1980s and was an assistant from 1992-97.

After taking over a one-win team at Cal following the 2001 season, Tedford quickly built the Bears into a contender. Cal finished the 2004 season ranked ninth in the country. Tedford had an 82-57 record in 11 seasons at Cal and was fired after going 3-9 in 2012.

DeRuyter was fired last month following a 1-7 start in his fifth season. He won Mountain West titles in each of his first two seasons but struggled after star quarterback Derek Carr left for the NFL.