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Doeren leaves NIU for NC State

It did not take long for Dave Doeren to decide his future plans. He informed the NIU Huskie players and school officials yesterday that he has been named the new Head Football Coach at North Carolina State University in the ACC.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after NIU won their 2nd MAC Championship Friday night in double overtime against Kent State 44-37.

In the 2 years at NIU, Doeren had a record of (23-4). This included 2 MAC Titles and winners of their last 12 games and 21 out of their last 22 games.

Doeren was an assistant coach for 5 years at Wisconsin prior to coming to NIU. He will not coach the Huskies in their bowl game.

NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher said that the school will move quickly to get the right person to lead their football program. An announcement is expected to be made on Sunday on who will coach the Huskies in their bowl game. NIU still has an outside chance to get into a BCS bowl game depending on the poll rankings that will be release today.

The MAC has bowl ties in Detroit, Alabama, and Boise, Idaho.

Doeren replaces Tom O'Brien who was fired last month at NC State. The Wolfpack were (7-5) this past season and (4-4) in the ACC.

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