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MAC championship pits NC State coaching targets

Posted December 1, 2012

— The committee searching for the next head football coach at North Carolina State University had plenty to see during the MAC Championship Friday. Both coaches involved are thought to be candidates to head up the Wolfpack.

Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren may have bigger fish to fry. After leading his Huskies to a 22-4 record over two years and two straight conference championships, Doeren thinks his team deserves to be in the BCS conversation.

"You look at the top 16 teams in the BCS, and you aren't going to find a team that plays as consistently as we do, wins every game they are supposed to win, and plays as well as we do in every phase of the game," he said.

"We got big plays on offense when we needed them tonight, we got big plays on defense, and our kicker made every kick we needed. I don't know anyone else who brings all of that."

Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the second overtime, and Demetrius Stone's interception in the end zone gave No. 19 Northern Illinois the 44-37 victory over No. 18 Kent State.

Both teams were hoping a win would boost them into the top 16 of the BCS rankings and give them a berth in one of college football's marquee bowls. Kent State was No. 17 in those standings coming in. The Huskies were No. 21 and need an unlikely jump.

On the other sideline, Kent State coach Darrell Hazell is also believed to be getting a look from the Wolfpack. He's 48 years old and has the Golden Flashes (11-2) headed for their first bowl appearance since 1972. 

Hazell has a 16-9 record at Kent State over two years. 

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  • wlcat609 Dec 2, 5:06 p.m.

    I just had the opportunity to watch the NCSU press conference on TV where they introduced Dave Doeren....my first impression - VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! He'll probably need some time to get his own recruits into the program and make some high school coaching connections in NC but after that, it is onward and upward.

    Pack football should be really fun to watch in the coming seasons......

  • Schwoogie Dec 1, 4:23 p.m.

    looks like it is Doeren, good find for the Pack. Isn't this State's second coach from the MAC? Their last was good but run off for not being great.

  • dragline Dec 1, 1:12 p.m.

    I think its got to be between Doeren and Dykes. I dont think Dykes is out of it just yet.And he has a huge pipeline in to Texas and LA for recruits. NCSU def needs someone who just isnt using the postion as a "stepping stone" to better school. I say we find out by Monday at 12noon who will be the next coach at NCSU

  • Ken D. Dec 1, 11:55 a.m.

    Last year, Larry Fedora's team knocked off Houston, keeping them from becoming a BCS Buster. It would be ironic if State were to hire a coach who probably just did the same thing to Kent State.

  • wjuliang Dec 1, 11:45 a.m.

    Aren't they winning with other coaches players though?

  • Hokies94 Dec 1, 10:58 a.m.

    Yow obviously has done her homework. Solid names popping up now.

  • Ken D. Dec 1, 10:28 a.m.

    Hope Yow makes the right choice and offers job to Dave Doeren. Exactly what she is looking for... View More

    — Posted by wolfpackfanz

    Doeren has the look of a guy who is about to get paid by somebody. He is young (40) and attractive, and has an unblemished record as a head coach. That record does only encompass two years, though. And it was achieved in a program that had already been built by his predecessor - a program that won 10 games the year before Doeren took the reins.

    So we know one thing about him. He can win if he has good players - not every coach can do that. Two questions remain to be answered: can he recruit good players, and can he win against teams whose players are as good or better than his. If he can, and State snags him, his stay in Raleigh will be brief. If he can't, his stay in Raleigh will be brief.

  • wolfpackfanz Dec 1, 9:27 a.m.

    Hope Yow makes the right choice and offers job to Dave Doeren. Exactly what she is looking for in a head coach. His teams are fun to watch play offense and they play defense.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 1, 8:49 a.m.

    They should both be available for face-to-face interviews now. Looks like Yow has some good choices in coaches to choose from.

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