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NCSU announces hiring of Dave Doeren

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One day after coaching Northern Illinois to its second consecutive MAC title, Dave Doeren is headed for the money-green pastures of a BcS conference.

In a press release, North Carolina State announced that Doeren has agreed to become the next Wolfpack head football coach.  A press conference to introduce Doeren has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Athletic director Debbie Yow traveled to Illinois this morning to interview Doeren, mere hours after the conference championship game.  Suffice to say, the interview went well.

“Coach Dave Doeren is a highly motivated overachiever who shares our goals to pursue aggressively a high level of achievement in the classroom and on the field of competition,” Yow said in a brief statement.

The move, at least based on previous reports, comes as somewhat of a surprise as many observers had viewed Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes as the odds-on favorite to be named the successor to Tom O’Brien.

Doeren’s résumé, though makes it far from shocking.  In just two seasons in DeKalb, Doeren sported a sparkling 23-4 record, with just one of those losses coming in conference play.

The Huskies job was his first as a head coach at the collegiate level.

“I am honored and excited to join the Wolfpack. NC State has world-class facilities and fans that are second to none,” Doeren said. “I want to thank Chancellor Woodson and Debbie Yow for this tremendous opportunity. My family and I can’t wait to get to Raleigh and become Wolfpackers. While I look forward to our future at State, I want to acknowledge and thank the Northern Illinois players and fans for their support the last two years, especially President Peters and [athletic director] Jeff Compher.”

Doeren made $423,000 in 2012 and, while the parameters of his NCSU deal were not released, it’s safe to assume that he’ll receive a hefty bump in pay.

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12 Responses to “NCSU announces hiring of Dave Doeren”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 1, 2012 5:48 PM

    Great hire. I sure didn’t see this coming…I figured he’d stick for Jordan Lynch’s senior year.

    Anyway, congrats to NC State and to one of the best fan bases in the country. This is huge.

  2. chc4 says: Dec 1, 2012 6:09 PM


  3. mhalt99 says: Dec 1, 2012 7:08 PM

    chc4 says: Who?

    You…..that is, you are the jacka$$ who says who when an upcoming coach is hired to a bigger program as a result of grit and hard work, as opposed to nepotism and name recognition.

    It is funny that you are still around as “you” said the same thing in Green Bay when they hired some Lombardi guy or some Hayes guy or some guy named after a teddy bear or some kind of ridiculous name like that…….like some guy named “Bear” could ever coach a football team. Who????

  4. seamus0317 says: Dec 1, 2012 7:21 PM

    The college game is losing all integrity! If they are going to continually allow coaches to break their contracts, players should be allowed to transfer without sitting out!

  5. jimmy53 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:43 PM


    Are you guys the mom or something? Pissy much? The guy said “who” because Doeren wasn’t exactly on the radar. Time will tell if the guy’s actually ready for a better brand of football (save me the ACC jokes, they’re better than NIU or Kent St). Don’t be such a jacka$$ (to use your own words).

  6. jeffreyperria says: Dec 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    this is the way of the world. cut your teeth in a crappy conference. If you do good work on the backs of poor student athletes you get a huge payday. that is the way of the world. if he does well their, he will be the next coach at a better school. it is the pecking order

  7. cubano76 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:51 PM

    Very solid hire for NCSU. Best of luck.

  8. florida727 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:03 PM

    Is it just me, or does labeling him as an “overachiever” kind of a backhanded way to compliment the guy? I mean, on the one hand you’re acknowledging his successes, but on the other hand it sounds like you’re saying he’s already exceeded his talent level and likely will never achieve any more. Whatever…

    BTW, #jeffreyperria, spoken like a guy who’s never been promoted or worked his way up the proverbial corporate ladder. Nice going. Just in case you’re wondering, it’s kind of normal to start at a lower level, then if you do well at it, you take on bigger responsibility on a bigger stage.

  9. darkglobe1 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:20 PM

    he achived that record with Jerry Kill’s recruits.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 1, 2012 9:54 PM


    Jerry Kill should not be in the coaching profession. It is far too stressful for the condition he has. I’m sure he’s a good coach but I would think it is neither good for him or his players. He has had at least three seizures this past season. That is frightening to me and I’m sure it is for his Family too.

  11. midwaymonster161 says: Dec 1, 2012 10:23 PM

    I just hope he sat down and had a long talk with his NIU players as to this is just the way the ugly world of NCAA athletics works. He had better have had apologized to the juniors and underclassmen AND recruits that will be at NIU next season because of him. I don’t fault him for turning his good fortune and hard work into a fatter paycheck and bigger program. I do definetly fault the NCAA for screwing kids who can’t jump schools as carefree as coaches do. These coaches and schools make millions on the blood, sweat and tears of these kids and can do what they want while the kids are subject to ridiculous rules and regulations. While I say congratulations to Coach D, I say hats off to the kids of NIU for playing so hard your last 3 coaches got big paydays due to you.

  12. niubears says: Dec 1, 2012 10:24 PM

    The upperclassmen are Kill’s recruits, but Doeren has done an outstanding job recruiting and bringing in JC transfers. Plus, he’s the guy coaching them. 1000x better of a coach and recruiter than Jerry Kill will ever be.

    DD also runs a very clean program, he’s not afraid of giving the boot to any player on the team. Great coach and great hire for NC State.

    I honestly thought Doeren was gonna stay one more year since Lynch will be back. But can’t blame the guy for leaving.
    I don’t think he stays at NC State for more than three or four years. I see an SEC or a high-profile Big Ten job in his future.

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