Doeren takes in bowl game, set to take reins
Posted December 31, 2012
Nashville, Tenn. — 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.
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.
“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."