Huskies coach takes job at N.C. State
Friday night, Dave Doeren was busy leading Northern Illinois to its second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship.
Sunday afternoon, he was being introduced to the media in Raleigh, N.C. as North Carolina State's new coach. Doeren takes over for Tom O'Brien, who was fired last week after going 40-35 in six years as the Atlantic Coast Conference school.
At his introductory press conference, Doeren said he had a conversation with his agent after he got off the field following the Huskies' 44-37 win over Kent State in Detroit, and was asked which schools he would like to have discussions with.
"My agent had been contacted by some people," Doeren said. "I just asked him to hold it off for as long as he could for me so that I could focus on the championship game."
Doeren's conversations with N.C. State began the next morning in DeKalb, and Doeren, after having discussions about the opportunity with his family, decided pretty quickly he would be headed to Raleigh.
"It didn't take me very long," Doeren said. "I knew the job was open and so we had kind of done some research on our own, kind of knew what we wanted to do if the job was right, and it was."
Doeren, who went 23-4 in his two season at NIU, met with the Huskies in DeKalb Saturday, and called it the hardest meeting he's ever had as a coach. He congratulated the team on all they accomplished before saying goodbye.
"It was difficult," Doeren said. "I loved that team. They gave everything to me and I gave everything to them. We had a lot of fun and a lot of wins. I think there's a lot of mutual respect."
Doeren is leaving behind a team headed for a BCS bowl game, as NIU will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl Jan. 1.
Offensive coordinator Rod Carey has been promoted to Northern Illinois head coach, the Daily Chronicle has confirmed
Carey, 41, has served as the team's offensive coordinator since the second game of the season when Mike Dunbar was reassigned to fight cancer.