Fedora To Interview With Air Force

Sources we have been in touch with in Colorado Springs, Colo., that keep close tabs on the Air Force Academy football program claim that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora will be one of three candidates that will get an initial interview to fill the vacancy of retiring Falcons head coach Fisher DeBerry.

Fedora, a former DeBerry assistant coach that was the passing game and receivers coach from 1997-98, is considered a favorite because of his time at the Academy which was very successful, and the success of his work with the offense this season at Oklahoma State.

Leading the team from Air Force on the search is athletic director and former faculty liason to the Falcons football program Dr. Hans Mueh. Mueh was a fan of Fedora's work as an Air Force assistant.

The group from the Academy was reportedly in Houston Monday to interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Troy Calhoun. Calhoun is a former quarterback and graduate assistant coach at Air Force under DeBerry.

It was reported in the Colorado Springs Gazette Monday morning that Dr. Mueh called Texans head coach Gary Kubiak on Friday to seek permission to speak with Calhoun. It is also believed that OSU head coach Mike Gundy received a similar call to ask permission to speak with Fedora. Gundy has said he will not comment on inquiries regarding his staff.

The AFA search contingent is also expected to talk with Notre Dame defensive line coach Jappy Oliver and Fedora. The guess is they will see one on Tuesday and the other Wednesday.

Below is an excerpt from a story in the Colorado Springs Gazette outlining candidates for the Air Force job that have either been identified or have shown interest in the position.

Four others have told The Gazette they're interested in the job: Nevada codefensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke and former Colorado and Air Academy High School coach Gary Barnett.

Other possible candidates include Falcons assistant Brian Knorr, Notre Dame defensive line coach Jappy Oliver and Kansas State assistant Tim Horton.

The Cowboys will practice at 10 a.m. Tuesday and then break after the practice for an early Christmas at home before reconvening in Shreveport, La., on Saturday for final preparations for the PetroSun Independence Bowl against Alabama on Dec. 28.

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