DeBerry plans to coach Air Force next season
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry named a new running backs coach on Tuesday and reiterated his own plans to return for a 23rd season.
Jemal Singleton, an Air Force captain, will move from junior varsity head coach to running backs coach. He replaces Tim Horton, who joined the coaching staff at Kansas State.
Air Force suffered its second straight losing season last year and DeBerry was reprimanded by academy commanders for saying his team didn't have enough "Afro-American" players.
DeBerry has publicly apologized for the remark, which came after a 48-10 loss to TCU.
DeBerry has said he is not bothered by the off-the-field problems and said in November he had no plans to leave. He repeated the assertion in a written release Tuesday.
"I want to quiet any speculation about my future and let everyone know that I'm remaining as coach of the Fighting Falcons," he said.
DeBerry acknowledged the past two seasons were disappointing but said recruiting this offseason has been excellent.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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