Dave Doeren hired to be N.C. State’s next coach

Frank Schwab
December 1, 2012

It didn't even take 24 hours for Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren to parlay the Huskies' MAC championship into a new job.

N.C. State announced that it had hired Doeren, who has led NIU to a FBS-best 21 wins in its last 22 games, including a victory in Friday night's MAC Championship Game.

Doeren's recent success made him a hot candidate. He was also getting interest from Auburn and Purdue. NIU is 23-4 the last two seasons, including 17-1 against MAC teams. The 12 wins the Huskies earned this year are a school record. Before that, Doeren was the co-defensive coordinator at Wisconsin for five years. The Badgers had a 49-16 record during those five seasons.

And that's the problem for a school like Northern Illinois. Making a grand slam hire like Doeren isn't a permanent solution. NIU has been fantastic the last two seasons -- too good to realistically hope to keep Doeren. He won't even coach Northern Illinois -- which still has an outside shot of getting a BCS bid -- in its bowl game, which is really a shame.

N.C. State seems to have made a very nice hire in Doeren. NIU won't have an easy time replacing him.

[Update: Northern Illinois is in the BCS; it will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl.)

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