|Friday December 7, 2012
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UTEP: We have learned that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler will be named the next head coach at UTEP. Here's a quick writeup on Kugler.
South Florida: ESPN is confirming WDAE's report that Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart will be the new head coach at South Florida. Update> We have confirmed. Further, sources tell us that defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will serve as interim head coach. Here's what you need to know.
Auburn: Ellis Johnson will make $800,000 per year as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee will earn $350,000.
Notre Dame College (D-II - OH): Notre Dame College is seeking applications for the position of Defensive Coordinator. This is a full time 35K-40K benefited position. We require the candidate to have prior defensive coordinator experience. Responsible for the overall defense scheme/game plan, recruiting and assisting in all aspects of a competitive DII program. Email resume, cover letter with the names and phone numbers of 3 professional references to email@example.com. No phone calls please. Notre Dame College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively committed to diversity within its community. In pursuit of that, we actively encourage diversity among applicants for this position.
FIU: Bruce Feldman reported earlier today that James Coley and Dan Quinn are candidates at FIU.
Tennessee: Here is a link to Butch Jones' MOU. $2.9 million / year plus incentives. The pool for assistants is stated as "minimum of $3 million".
James Madison (FCS): Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jeff Durden and offensive line coach Chris Malone have been released from the staff.
NC State: Northern Illinois defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen will join Dave Doeren in same capacity (DL / recruiting coordinator).
West Virginia Wesleyan (D-II): Sources tell us University of Charleston defensive coordinator George Shehl will be the new head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan. In 2010 Shehl was the defensive grad assistant at Marshall.
Oregon's Mark Helfrich has been named 2012 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year
App State (FCS - NC): Sources tell us offensive coordinator Scott Satterfield will "interview" this weekend for the head job...is considered the leader for the job by the coaches we hear from.
Auburn: Rhett Lashlee has now been announced as offensive coordinator. Lashlee served on Gus Malzahn's staff at Arkansas State last season in the same capacity.
Arkansas State: Sources tell us Gus Malzahn recommended to Chad Morris that he consider the job. Separate sources tell us it is unlikely Morris will seek the position.
Colorado: Sources tell us former NFL Coach of the Year with the New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel is interested in the job. If he's interested, Colorado should take a long look.
Tennessee: Butch Jones' agreement is reportedly 6 years / $18 million (CBS Sports).
Auburn: AuburnSports is reporting that Trooper Taylor will not be part of Gus Malzahn's staff.
Nicholls State (FCS - LA): Nicholls State needs a home game for the 2013 Season. Available date is Saturday, September 28th. If interested, please contact Associate Head Coach, Chuck Hepola at 985-448-4796 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacksonville State (FCS): Running backs coach Jimmy Ogle has been named interim head coach during the search. A large number of coaches have registered their interest in this opening.
Chowan University (D-II - NC): Chowan University is looking to fill the following home-and-home: Saturday, September 21, 2013 and Saturday, September 19, 2015. We must be home in '13 and will travel in '15. Please contact Dennis Helsel, Director of Athletics, at (252) 398-6244 or by email at HelseD@Chowan.Edu
Wingate University (D-II - NC): Wingate is seeking applicants for the position of QB Coach/Pass Game Coordinator. Qualifications: Collegiate QB playing and coaching experience with strong preference for past coordinating experience. Desire to learn and implement current system. Salary: low $30's. Contact: email@example.com. No phone calls.
Cincinnati: Defensive line coach Steve Stripling will serve as the interim head coach for the bowl game.
Tennessee: Butch Jones will officially be announced as the new head coach today.
|Saturday December 1, 2012
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South Florida: Skip Holtz, speaking at his post-game presser tonight said he plans to meet with his adminstration tomorrow. Said he understands that anything could happen and that changes will have to be made.
Tennessee: Charlie Strong met with athletic director Dave Hart yesterday.
NC State: Sources tell us Dave Doeren will look to hire both his offensive and defensive coordinator from "BCS" programs. We are told the pool for assistants is sized accordingly. Will keep you posted.
Northern Illinois: Multiple sources tell us offensive line coach Rod Carey likely to be promoted to head coach.
NC State: We have confirmed that Debbie Yow interviewed Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren earlier today. Update> Sources tell us Doeren has accepted the job. Further Update> The University has confirmed. CBS Sports is now reporting that Doeren's annual compensation will be approximately $1.8 million (was making $420,000 at NIU)! Here's The Scoop on Doeren to N.C. State.
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Tennessee Tech (FCS): Offensive line coach Thomas Cox has left the staff to accept a position with Life Church.
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|Thursday November 29, 2012
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Kentucky: We are hearing there is a good chance former Northwestern State head coach Bradley Dale Peveto winds up on Mark Stoops staff (potentially as linebackers coach).
USC: The school announced tonight that defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will step down after the bowl game to pursue opportunities in the NFL.
Purdue: A local source is reporting that Purdue has offered their head coaching job to Butch Jones. We have learned that Jones plans to meet with officials from Purdue in the days following Cincinnati's game Saturday. This is not a done deal.
NC State: Sources with knowledge of the situation tell us that Chad Morris is no longer being considered for the head job at NC State. Will update further...
Syracuse: AD Daryl Gross said today that he has, "solidified our relationship with Doug Marrone...He's a stud coach, he's a loyal coach and we're really proud of him." That's about all you need to know.
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Colorado: Mark Mangino just tweeted that he has "asked to be taken out of consideration" for the Colorado job. That's an interesting move.
Defensive Backs Coach of the Year Finalists
Georgia State: The Richmond Times-Dispatch has reported that UVA offensive coordinator Bill Lazor interviewed for the head job at Georgia State earlier this week.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Casey Creehan has been named defensive coordinator / linebackers. Creehan was the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this past season.
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Luther College (D-III - IA): Sources tell us We have confirmed that defensive coordinator Dan Marlow and defensive line coach Roger Jaeger have been let go.
Quincy (D-II - IL): Quincy University is accepting applications for an Offensive Graduate Assistant position (QB/ WR). Start date is February 3, 2013. Compensation includes tuition, housing and a stipend. Job duties include coaching a position, recruiting area, video breakdown and any other responsibilities as assigned by the head coach. Qualified candidates must apply and gain admittance into the Master’s program of Educational Leadership, Educational Counseling or Business Administration prior to being interviewed. Minimum requirements are a 3.0+ GPA and a score of 380+ on the MAT. Please apply online to the graduate program at www.quincy.edu and send a resume, cover letter and 3 references to Head Football Coach Tom Pajic at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is December 10, 2012. No Phone Calls please.
Kentucky: Sources tell us that Mark Stoops would like to have FSU defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot go with him to Kentucky (likely as defensive coordinator). Am told this isn't a done deal at this time. Jimbo would love to keep him as well. Will update...
Colorado: Just as quickly as a Colorado reporter reported that Colorado was "very interested" in Bobby Petrino, Colorado's AD came out and said publicly he has no interest in Petrino.
USC: The guys on the Dan Patrick show reported this morning that Jeff Tedford will interview at USC to take over the offensive coordinator duties. Update>
Occidental (D-III - CA): After agreeing to take over as the head coach on a year by year basis back in May, Bill Redell has announced his retirement. The Pasadena Sun reports that Redell will remain in an advisory role within the athletic department.
See the three Finalists for Director of Football Operations of the Year
Idaho: The Spokesman-Review is reporting that the five finalists for the Idaho job are Paul Petrino (Arkansas OC), Blaine Bennett (Central Washington HC), Brian Lindgren (San Jose State OC), Chris Tormey (Wyoming DC) and Jason Gesser (Idaho - interim HC).
Midland University (NAIA - NE): We hear the athletic director position at Midland is open.
|Wednesday November 28, 2012
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Important lesson from last night...coaches should tell their AD before interviewing for another job. Puts you in a bind if you want to accept a new offer; but your existing contract requires that you give notice before interviewing elsewhere.
Eastern Michigan: Sources telling us that offensive coordinator Ken Karcher will not return.
NC State: Multiple sources are reporting that Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris interviewed with NC State today.
Auburn: A report from AL.com states that Auburn has already interviewed Charlie Strong. Update>
Colorado: Sources close to Utah State head coach Gary Andersen tell us that he should not be considered a candidate for the Colorado job.
Iowa: Sources tell us that although Greg Davis will return, there is chatter in the profession that Kirk Ferentz might look to bring in a new position coach or two should someone on the staff decide that they might be a better fit somewhere else...
Montreal Alouettes: Noel Thorpe has been hired as defensive coordinator. Thorpe was coaching college ball in Canada at the University of Montreal as the defensive coordinator this past season.
Georgia State: Sources close to the program tell us interviews have begun and to expect more next week. Coaches we've been told Georgia State would like to meet with (or has met with) include Ted Roof, Shane Beamer, Willie Fritz and two other "up and coming stars of the profession". Yep, that's what we're told. A viewer alerted us to the fact that the AJC reported this AM that Willie Fritz has not yet been contacted.
Tennessee: A whole bunch to relay here. A short while ago Jimmy Hyams reported that UT plans to interview several candidates over the next week. Hyams also "reported" that Jon Gruden called off a scheduled meeting with Tennessee that was to be held today. Then, just to keep things interesting, Luther Campbell, yes Uncle Luke, tweeted "Golden to UT". So that's out there. Never a dull day this time of year.
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LSU: As we told you yesterday, and multiple sources are confirming today, Les isn't leaving Baton Rouge. Can't wait to hear what he has to say about all this...
Colorado: Jeff Tedford is not interested in the job according to a report from Kyle Ringo in Colorado.
Iowa: Kirk Ferentz confirmed today at his press conference what we have been hearing all along, that offensive coordinator Greg Davis will return next season.
East Texas Baptist (D-III): Head coach Mark Sartain has resigned.
Colorado: We hear that communication between Colorado and Mark Mangino has been "early stage". Also just saw a note from Bruce Feldman saying that he hears there has been some dialogue with Gary Andersen from Utah State. We'll keep you updated.
Newberry College (D-II - SC): Newberry is seeking to fill an empty date for the 2013 season (September 14th). Looking to play a division II or III opponent, home or away. Those interested please contact associate athletic director Mike Hold at Mike.Hold@Newberry.edu or 803.944.0522.
Langston (NAIA - OK): We hear the situation is fluid. Some of the staff have been let go. We will update...
Montreal Alouettes: Defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold has been fired.
Colorado: Tom Dienhart is reporting that talks between Colorado and Mark Mangino will continue.
2012 Offensive Line Coach of the Year Finalists
Augustana (D-II - SD): Sources close to the process tell us that both Kalen Deboer and Ed Meierkort are candidates for the head job at Augustana.
Virginia: Running backs coach Mike Faragalli has been let go.
Abilene Christian (FCS - TX): Abilene Christian is looking to fill the following dates for the 2013 football schedule: August 31, September 14, September 21 and November 2. Abilene Christian is in the first year of its transition to Division 1 at the FCS level in the fall of 2013. Please contact Assistant AD John Houser at email@example.com or Athletic Director Jared Mosley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested
Coach Jack Yelton has passed away. Jack coached for many years in the profession and will be missed by many. Please keep his family in your thoughts.
|Tuesday November 27, 2012
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NC State: The Monroe News Star is reporting that Sonny Dykes will interview tomorrow at NC State.
Luther College (D-III - IA): Head coach Mike Durnin has resigned.
Riverside City College (CA): Riverside City is looking for a defensive line coach. Please email resumes to associate head coach Darrin Chiaverini at email@example.com. Compensation is $3,800 stipend and summer pay.
LSU: @SportsByBrooks broke news today that Arkansas had presented an offer to Les Miles (5 years / $27.5 million). Multiple sources made it very clear to us today that Les did not initiate this. Sources close to the program informed us that Les would be meeting with his athletic director this week to discuss raises for his staff. Our sources were highly confident Les will remain the head coach of the Tigers.
Illinois: Athletic director Mike Thomas, speaking on the radio tonight, said that Tim Beckman will be his coach next season. He added however, that the coaches are recruiting and he hasn't had the opportunity to do a comprehensive review of the staff (said that will come "at a later time").
Western Michigan: Multiple sources telling us that Indiana State head coach Trent Miles will likely be offered the head coaching position at Western Michigan. More to come... Update> Sources close to Indiana State head coach tell us this is not finalized. Western Michigan SID Mat Kanan tweeted that Western "has not hired a new football coach".
Tulsa: Athletic director Ross Parmley has been placed on administrative leave in connection with a "gambling inquiry".
NC State: Sources tell us NC State is indeed interested in Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes.
Illinois State University (FCS): Illinois State is seeking a FCS opponent for 2013. Available dates are 9/7 or 9/21. Guarantees or home and home possible. Contact Executive Associate AD Larry Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 438-2000 if interested.
NC State: Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris stated this afternoon that he has not spoken with NC State about their opening.
Penn State: Bill O'Brien reiterated today that he's not leaving Penn State. According to his agent, if he left, the buyout would be $9.2 million.
Boston College: Adam Schefter tweeted this afternoon that New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is a candidate at BC.
Kentucky: Multiple sources telling us the Florida State "offensive coordinator" James Coley will join Mark Stoops' staff at Kentucky. We have not confirmed.
Southern Miss: Sources tell us that North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson has no plans to "interview" for the head job at Southern Miss; but would accept it if offered.
Kentucky: It is being reported by Matt Jones that Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will be named head coach today. Update> Sources have confirmed the hire to us.
Presbyterian College (FCS - SC): We are told that both the defensive coordinator and defensive backs jobs are open at Presbyterian.
Southern Miss: We have confirmed that Ellis Johnson will not return as head coach.
West Hills Community College (CA): West Hills, located in the Central Valley (Coalinga, CA) region of California, has an opening for a part-time defensive coach/assistant resident hall advisor. The job pays $1000.00 a month (10 Month) with housing and meals. The defensive assistant will help with game planning, recruiting, and coordinate video needs for the staff. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Head Football Coach Cal Tincher at email@example.com
UAB: Wide receivers coach Ron Sigler has resigned from the staff.
West Alabama (D-II): West Alabama is looking for a D2 opponent on September 28th. Contact Head Coach Will Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Purdue: Last night the Purdue Rivals site reported that Dave Doeren is no longer a candidate at Purdue. Sources tell us that Purdue is targeting Butch Jones; but is also having discussions with other candidates. Will keep you posted.
Blinn College (JC - TX): Blinn College in Brenham, TX is seeking applicants for a Defensive Line or Linebacker coach. This is a full time benefited position. This position will include a competitive salary. The Defensive Line / Linebacker coach will be responsible for developing players in practice, running position meetings and involved in game planning. The Defensive Line / Linebacker coach will also be involved in all aspects of recruiting – including having a recruiting area, making phone calls and being on the road. Other duties include film breakdown, film exchange and practice organization. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. No phone calls. Fax cover letter and resumes to defensive coordinator Mike Mutz at 979-337-6710 or email to email@example.com or Head Football Coach Ronny Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Missouri: Gary Pinkel stated this morning that he does not plan any staff changes this off-season.
Livingstone College (D-II - NC): Livingstone is seeking to fill two empty dates for the 2013 season (August 31 and September 14). Looking to play a division II or division III opponent, home or away. Those interested please contact head coach Darryl Williams via email email@example.com or 713.291.5040.
Florida: The Gainesville Sun has reported that Will Muschamp received a one-year contract extension back in August, pushing his contract through 2017.
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Arkansas: Richard Davenport reported tonight that Jeff Long met with the players at a 9pm meeting and told them his timetable to have a new coach in place is "10-14 days".
Colorado: Bruce Feldman just reported that Jon Embree has been let go. Update> We have confirmed.
Olivet Nazarenne (NAIA - IL): Olivet Nazarene University is seeking to fill the position of Defensive Coordinator. Qualified candidates will have experience in developing and implementing a weekly defensive game plan, possess communication and organizational skills that will allow for effective recruiting of student athletes and will display an active and growing faith in Jesus Christ with a desire to mentor and lead spiritual development through athletics. Those interested can email a letter of interest with resume to head coach Brian Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
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Boston College: Frank Spaziani has been let go. More to come...
UTEP: We have learned that both defensive coordinator Andre Patterson and Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz plan to interview this week for the head coaching position at UTEP.
Purdue: The local Rivals site for Purdue is reporting that Danny Hope has been let go. We have not confirmed. Will update. Update> We have confirmed this information. Danny Hope will receive a $600,000 buyout. Receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as interim head coach for the bowl game and the rest of the assistants will remain in place through the bowl game.
NC State: We have confirmed that representatives from from NC State have spoken with Mike Leach about their head coaching position. Further, multiple sources tell us the search is focused (at least initially) on sitting (or former) head coaches. Will update...
Albany State (D-II - GA): Sad news to share. Longtime sports information director Edythe Bradley passed away last night at the age of 47. Please keep her extended family in your thoughts.
Auburn: Gene Chizik has been informed that he will not return. Here's what you need to know. According to John Zenor of the AP, the total buyout for Chizik and the staff (who are all being released as well) will cost Auburn $11 million.
NC State: We have confirmed that Tom O'Brien has been let go. More to come... Update> The University has now announced the same. AD Debbie Yow will speak at 5pm ET. OC Dana Bible will serve as interim head coach for their bowl game and all of the assistants have been retained through the bowl game as well.
|Tuesday November 20, 2012
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Cal: Five assistants have been retained to keep the program afloat during the search. Ron Gould, Marcus Arroyo, Jim Michalczik, Ashley Ambrose and Wes Chandler remain on staff. Clancy Pendergast, Jeff Genyk, Todd Howard and Kenwick Thompson are no longer with the program. We are told that director of football operations Mike McHugh will not return either. Cal has engaged Glenn Sugiyama of search firm DHR to assist with the process.
North Carolina State: Athletic director Debbie Yow has received an extension.
Georgia State: We saw a note that Frank Beamer said today that Georgia State "has expressed interest" in Shane Beamer for their vacancy (Bill Curry is retiring); however Beamer noted that they have not requested permission to interview him.
Weber State: Sources tell us Jody Sears will return as head coach in 2013.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D-III): Looking to fill an open date, September 7th, 2013. May have other openings in 2013 and 2014 as well. Please email head coach Tom Journell at: Tom.Journell@uwsp.edu.
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Cal: We have confirmed that Jeff Tedford will not return.
Morehead State (FCS - KY): The University announced early this morning that head coach Matt Ballard will not return. Ballard has served as head coach for 19 seasons. A "national search...will begin immediately."
Wisconsin-La Crosse (D-III): UW-La Crosse is seeking a home and home arrangement for Weeks 3 or 4 of the 2013 and 2014 season. We have some flexibility in the weeks in 2014. We will be able to travel in 2013 and will need a home game in 2014. Please contact Head Coach Joel Dettwiler email@example.com.
Tabor College (NAIA - KS): Tabor College is seeking applications for Assistant Football Coach. Graduate Assistant position with MBA option. Responsible for working with the Head Coach in all aspects of developing a competitive NAIA program. Candidates must affirm Tabor distinctives as a decidedly Christian college and articulate a personal Christian commitment. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Coaching and/or competitive experience is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately. Start date is approximately January 3, 2013. Apply electronically with letter of interest, vita, and names of three professional references to Ruth Funk, HR Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle Tennessee: Head coach Rick Stockstill received a $100,000 bonus and another year added to his contract, signed in 2009, for leading Middle Tennessee to its fifth Sun Belt win on Saturday. Here's what you need to know.
Texas A&M Commerce (D-II): Defensive coordinator Brian Williams has been named interim head coach. The University has named former head coach Guy Morriss as a special assistant to the athletic director. Here's a look at the University's official announcement on Morriss' new assignment and what he has meant to the school. Definitely worth a read.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (CC): Dale Patterson has resigned as head coach, but will remain at NEO as the athletic director.
A couple of "war daddies" are up for Defensive Coordinator of the Year.
Carthage College (D-III - WI): Offensive coordinator Terry Peebles will not return.
Husson University (D-III- ME): Former Husson coach Jonathan "Gabby" Price is expected to be named head coach today, according to the Bangor Daily News. Price previously served as head coach of the Husson program from 2002-2008 and has been in private business.
Carthage College (D-III - WI): Carthage College is seeking to hire a Head Football Coach. The successful candidate will be responsible for all facets of a DIII football program. Carthage College competes in the NCAA and is a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Carthage is located on the shore of lake Michigan, midway between Milwaukee and Chicago. Carthage has a full time enrollment of 2500 undergraduate students, including 700 student athletes participating in 24 intercollegiate sports. The position requires a bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred) in physical education or related field, as well successful coaching experience at the college level. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Email letter of application, resume and references to: email@example.com; Dr. Robert Bonn, Director of Athletics/ Exercise and Sport Science, Carthage College.
Colorado Mesa University (D-II): Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO is looking for opponents to play games on Sept. 7th and 14th, 2013. Need at least one game to be at home, willing to return in 2014. Opponents can be FCS, D-II, D-III or NAIA. Those interested, please contact head coach Russ Martin via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have learned that Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren has accepted the head coaching position at N.C. State.
"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," stated N.C. State athletic director Deborah Yow.
Doeren, 40, took over as the Huskies' head in 2011 after Jerry Kill left for Minnesota. In two seasons, Doeren led Northern Illinois to a 23-4 record with back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships. Doeren accepted the N.C. State job one day after leading the 12-1 Huskies to a 44-37 win in double overtime over Kent State in the MAC Championship.
"I am honored and excited to join the Wolfpack. NC State has world-class facilities and fans that are second to none," Doeren said. "I want to thank Chancellor Woodson and Debbie Yow for this tremendous opportunity. My family and I can't wait to get to Raleigh and become Wolfpackers. While I look forward to our future at State, I want to acknowledge and thank the Northern Illinois players and fans for their support the last two years, especially President Peters and Jeff Compher [athletic director]."
We are told to look for offensive line coach Rod Carey to be promoted to head coach at Northern Illinois.
Doeren played at Drake from 1990-93 and got his start in coaching at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Doeren coached linebackers at Drake (1995-97), Montana (2000-01) and Kansas (2002-05), with a pit stop as a graduate assistant at USC from 1998-99, before taking the defensive coordinator position under Bret Bielema at Wisconsin from 2006-10.
We aren't aware of any significant ties Doeren has to the immediate local area so look for him to hire some talented assitants with local connections. As always, we'll keep you posted on The Scoop.
N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow held a press conference Sunday afternoon in the wake of dismissing head coach Tom O'Brien earlier today.
Yow began the press conference by stating her respect for O'Brien, and that she expects the next head coach to share O'Brien's character.
This being Tobacco Road, Mark Gottfried's success with the Wolfpack's basketball program will be used as a measuring stick for the football program. Yow knows the road to the top 25 starts with finding a great recruiter. "It starts at home. We're going to have to get our fair share of the top 50 players in North Carolina."
Yow has already had conversations with agents and search firms about this particular search. In line with what we're hearing, N.C. State will look primarily at current head coaches but did not rule out hiring a coordinator.
Speaking of coordinators, Yow invoked Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin's name unprompted to say that he was not a candidate. Before taking his first head coaching job with the Commodores, Franklin was the offensive coordinator at Maryland while Yow was the Terrapins' AD. Yow stated that the two have been friends for 12 years and they text occasionally. She has not offered Franklin the N.C. State job, offering that Franklin is very happy with what he's built at Vanderbilt.
Another unsolicited anecdote Yow offered was that a factor in O'Brien's dismissal was a declining season ticket base. The Wolfpack have lost 1,000 season ticket holders and, thus, $1.4 million in revenue, over the past six years.
After six seasons, North Carolina State let go Tom O'Brien earlier today.
In four of his six seasons at the helm, O'Brien lead the program to a bowl a game, but always came up short of competing for the ACC title. The Wolfpack finished 7-5 this season, and O'Brien compiled a 40-35 record overall in Raleigh (with eight of those wins coming against FCS competition). His best season was 2010 where he led NC State to a 9-4 record, but since then their win total has diminished by one each year.
In conference play, O'Brien was just 22-26 and finished above the .500 mark just once. Atlantic Division road games were always an area of concern under O'Brien as well, as he went just 1-14 in six seasons.
Although the Wolfpack found a way to beat a top 3 Florida State team the first weekend of October, they struggled with consistency issues all season. They lost to Tennessee to open the season by two touchdowns, and then gave up a 10 point lead to eventually lose to Miami. Later in the season, Virginia came into Raleigh on a six game losing streak and took home a 33-6 win.
In his official statement, O'Brien (who has been coaching at the college level since 1975), noted that he is finally "looking forward to life after football."
“I appreciate the opportunity to have coached at North Carolina State University and I feel that the program is in a better place now than when I started. I’m proud of the young men that I have coached here, for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. Wolfpack football is as sound academically as it’s ever been with a [single year] APR of 990 to be reported this spring. I appreciate all of my coaches and wish them the best and I look forward to life after football.” O'Brien said.
Offensive coordinator Dana Bible will take over on an interim basis for the bowl game, and all assistants have been retained as they continue their bowl preparations. Athletic director Debbie Yow will meet with the media at 5pm ET today.
Here is a link to North Carolina State's official announcement.