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IU football offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer takes head coaching job at Fresno State


IU football offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer explains his vision for IU’s offense during a press conference Jan. 25 at Memorial Stadium. DeBoer spent last season as the offensive coordinator at California State University, Fresno. Sam House

California State University, Fresno announced Tuesday afternoon that IU football offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer would become the Bulldogs’ head coach starting in the 2020-21 season.

DeBoer spent one season in Bloomington after being Fresno State's offensive coordinator for two seasons and was able to completely overhaul IU’s offense in his short stint.

DeBoer came to IU with the reputation as being someone who can quickly turn offenses around.

When DeBoer arrived at IU, he inherited an offense that was ranked 88th in the country in 2018 and was able to turn the Hoosiers’ offense around to No. 31 this season.

In only two seasons from 2014 to 2016, DeBoer took Eastern Michigan University’s 111th-ranked offense and transformed it into No. 35 in the country. In the same amount of time at Fresno State, DeBoer revamped the Bulldogs’ 120th ranked offense in the country as he left Fresno State with the No. 47 offense before coming to IU.

“We wanted to be able to be more explosive on offense,” head coach Tom Allen said while introducing DeBoer last spring. “We wanted to find a special guy to come in here and help us, be able to take us where we are and take us to another level offensively.”

With DeBoer’s departure, the Hoosiers once again will be looking for an offensive coordinator, this time someone who can carry on the momentum created in DeBoer’s lone season.

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