Fedora Talks About DeBerry, Air Force

The news that Air Force Academy head coach Fisher DeBerry had announced his retirement Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo., didn't take long to reach the OSU practice field. Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, who is considered by many one of the most attractive candidates among Division I assistants to move into a head coaching job, was a one-time DeBerry assistant at Air Force.

Fedora served as a receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Air Force from 1997-98. As previously reported here on GoPokes, sources have told us that Fedora would be part of a short list of candidates to be considered as DeBerry's successor.

"I feel sad for college footbal because Fisher DeBerry was one of the great head coaches we had in this game," said Fedora. "I learned a lot from him in the time that I worked there and I have the greatest respect for what Coach DeBerry accomplished at the Academy."

Fedora also said he felt it was flattering that he is mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed DeBerry.

"I really enjoyed my time there and it is a great place to coach," said Fedora. "When I lived there I moved into the same house that Al Groh (current Virginia head coach) and Jim Grobe (current Wake Forest head coach) lived in while they were assistants at Air Force. Of course, Ken Hatfield had success there and Bill Parcells was once the head coach at Air Force. It has a great tradition and has been good to a lot of coaches including Coach DeBerry."

Current Air Force athletic director Dr. Hans Mueh was the faculty liason to the football team during Fedora's time as an assistant. Mueh at the time was a chemistry professor at the Academy. We have learned that Mueh holds Fedora in high esteem and liked the way he interacted with the players and cadets on campus.

Nothing is certain but with the job Fedora did with the offense at Oklahoma State and his knowledge of how to coach and deal with the unique situation of Academy football expect Fedora to get a long look as the man Air Force hires its next head coach.

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