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Doeren takes in bowl game, set to take reins

Posted December 31, 2012

New NC State head coach Dave Doeren said Sunday that to build a winner, it takes a year-around effort, starting at the top.

— He did not assume the position on the sidelines Monday, but new North Carolina State head football coach Dave Doeren was in the building for the Wolfpack’s appearance in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.

Wearing a red NC State pullover jacket and sitting next to Athletics Director Debbie Yow, Doeren watched his new team fall to Vanderbilt in a turnover-laden performance, 38-24. Wolfpack fall to Vanderbilt in Music City Bowl, 38-24 Slideshow: Wolfpack fall to Vanderbilt in Music City Bowl, 38-24

Throughout his transition to Raleigh, Doeren said that he has tried to be as involved as possible while staying out of the way of what interim coach Dana Bible and the out-going staff was trying to do to prepare.

“I tried to stay as segregated as I could because I wanted to be respectful of the staff and what they are trying to do today,” Doeren said. “But at the same time, I wanted to be around the players enough that they knew I was there for them.”

Doeren, who said he was watching a live college game as a spectator for the first time in many years, said he has observed a few practices and held two team meetings since being hired on Dec. 2. He has filled his staff and has already started recruiting, saying he expects the new collective to be in full swing by Wednesday. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

“It’s been mostly a dead period since I’ve been hired but I did get out a few times the first couple weeks,” Doeren said. ”I really felt this time, the finer part of recruiting, is hiring a staff. I want Jan. 2 to be, everybody’s there and we’re ready to go. I have talked with every recruit, every parent, every coach and we are in a position to do it, it’s time to go fight the fight.”

One coach staying on with the Wolfpack will be running backs coach Desmond Kitchings. Doeren said that having Kitchings around will help make the transition easier because of his familiarity with the program and region.

“He was at my door knocking the minute I got there saying he wanted to be there. He showed a lot of effort in helping me learn who he recruits with,” Doeren said.” At the last school I kept a guy on the previous staff too and that kind of helped me bridge the gap with some players I didn’t know and I think it’s important to have those kind of guys around.”

Bible, who has been with NC State since 2007, said now that the bowl game is complete, he has ime to focus on his future, too.

"When the change occurred, I knew my limitations with both these jobs," Bible said. "With that in mind, I had to remain focused and do things the best I could to finish out the month of December. I now have time to sit down and discuss, so we will see what the future holds."

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  • ssi Jan 1, 2013

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    Great comeback. Thanks for making my point.

    My remarks, however, weren't made with malice. They were to illustrate that those types of comments add nothing to the conversation and say more about the poster than anything else. I'm sure there are sites where crude remarks are deemed appropriate and cute, but, again, this is one for good natured, respectful, back-and-forth banter about sporting teams and events. I think most folks would like to keep it that way and not let it slip into something else.

  • Viewer Jan 1, 2013

    "ssi take your cookies and milk and stick it where the sun dont shine " haveyoutakenabathlately

    HYT, Why are you providing additional support for ssi's position? Did you miss your nap?

  • takeabathgreg Jan 1, 2013

    ssi take your cookies and milk and stick it where the sun dont shine

  • ssi Jan 1, 2013

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    You know, I think you might have stepped into the wrong room. This room is for adults who want to hold good-spirited, grown-up conversations about sporting events involving their favorite teams, whatever team that may be. It's not for making immature remarks. I think the room you're looking for is the childrens room, which is just down the hall. So hike up your bog-boy pants and head on down there. If you hurry, I think you might be able to get in on the cookies and milk.

  • heelsforever Jan 1, 2013

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    Probably one of those people that rarely keeps up with sports news and misunderstood something he heard from one of his Fack friends.

  • heelsforever Jan 1, 2013

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    Not really over the last 2.5 years. Most of the Fack fans on here tell us that NCSU cleaned up their mess 20 years ago and there's NO WAY there are questionable activities going on in Raleigh. So, if I get this straight UNC fans were pompous for decades saying they did nothing wrong, but when State fans make the same claim now, well by God that's just telling it like it is?

  • takeabathgreg Jan 1, 2013

    Who get on top him or Yow?

  • SportznutV2.0 Jan 1, 2013

    Dude is not wired properly for NC State - TOB wasn't either - If you could combine Amato's personality with TOB's strategy and leadership add some recruiting and you have the perfect Moo U coach. state fans want a coach that foams at the mouth and that is as delusional as they are - Doeren era will be 3-5 years of going backwards for State - close to a disaster

  • Unc r Hypocrits Jan 1, 2013

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    No way you typed that with a straight face, vampire. lol

  • Honesty first Jan 1, 2013

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    What in the world are tyou talking about Four Years. UNC took a pass on a bowl THIS year only.

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