North Carolina State to Hire Dave Doeren as Next Head Coach

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2012

After a brief search, North Carolina State is set to introduce Dave Doeren as its next football head coach.

Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press first announced the decision via Twitter.

North Carolina State hires NIU coach Dave Doeren.

— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 1, 2012

Joe Giglio of the Charlotte Observer reported that there will be a press conference on Sunday announcing the move.

A press conference has been scheduled for 4 p.m. in Raleigh

— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) December 1, 2012

According to Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, Doeren will have a starting salary of about $1.8 million.

Doeren's compensation at N.C. State will start at around $1.8 million, per source. Competing schools drove up price this week

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) December 1, 2012

Doeren has been the head coach of Northern Illinois for the past two years. In his first season, he led the Huskies to 11 wins, including a victory over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

This year, his squad reeled off 12 straight wins after an opening-week loss to Iowa. The team recently won the MAC Championship after defeating Kent State 44-37 in double overtime.

His team has been quite successful statistically this season, with the No. 10 scoring offense in the country to go with the No. 20 scoring defense. 

Northern Illinois entered the week as No. 21 in the BCS standings, but could receive a bid to a BCS bowl game if it reaches No. 16 in the final polls.

Prior to his time at Northern Illinois, Doeren was a defensive coordinator at Wisconsin.

The coach will replace Tom O'Brien, who was fired after six years at North Carolina State after posting a 7-5 record. 

It was the third consecutive winning season for the Wolfpack, but the school is looking for a coach who can bring the team to a higher level.

According to Caulton Tudor of the Charlotte Observer, athletic director Debbie Yow wanted someone who could bring in "Alabama-type talent."

This is a lofty goal for the incoming coach, but Yow thinks highly of her recent hire. In a press release from the team, the AD said, "Coach Dave Doeren is a highly motivated overachiever who shares our goals to pursue aggressively a high level of achievement in the classroom and on the field of competition."

Only time will tell whether or not Doeren will be able to live up to his expectations in the ACC.