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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.