Mario Cristobal got his man.
According to a report from FootballScoop, the Oregon Ducks are hiring Cal defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter to the same position in Eugene to replace Andy Avalos, who was hired as Boise State head coach on January 9th. The Athletic's Bruce Feldman confirmed the report.
Interestingly, FootballScoop claims DeRuyter was "Mario’s target all along" since beginning the search to hire his third defensive coordinator since accepting the promotion to Oregon head coach in 2018.
DeRuyter has been the Golden Bears defensive coordinator since 2017 and added the associate head coach title last season. In just two seasons, he helped transform Cal's defense from ranking No. 127 in scoring defense nationally in 2016 (42.6 ppg) to No. 22 in 2018 (20.4 ppg) and No. 33 in 2019 (21.9 ppg). His best defense came in 2019 when it ranked No. 9 in passing yards allowed (175.1 ypg) and No. 15 in total defense (317.2 ypg), as well as No. 21 in sacks (2.77 spg) and No. 27 in rushing defense (126.3 ypg). That season, the Golden Bears defense was so good the team went undefeated in games starting quarterback Chase Garbers started and finished.
One of the games Garbers missed was at Oregon, in which Cal's defense held the Ducks scoreless for the first half. Then in 2020, DeRuyter did it again holding Oregon scoreless in the second half to earn its first win of the season.
DeRuyter, along with Peter Sirmon, in 2019 earned the FootballScoop Linebackers Coaches of the Year award after his two starting linebackers ranked first and third in the conference in tackles.
Before Cal, DeRuyter spent time coordinating defenses at Ohio (1995-1998, 2002-2004), Navy (1999-2000), Air Force (2007-2009), and Texas A&M (2010-2011). He left the Aggies to accept the head coaching position at Fresno State where he lasted from 2012 to 2016 before being fired after starting the season 1–7 and 4–16 since playing in the Mountain West Championship in 2014.