NC State hires Dave Doeren

NC State hired Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren on Saturday, a day after he led his team to a second straight MAC championship.

Doeren replaces Tom O'Brien, fired last week after six seasons on the job.

The Wolfpack made quick work of their coaching search, hiring a rising star in the college football ranks. Doeren has done terrific work in two years with the Huskies, going 23-4 overall and 17-1 against MAC competition. His team ended Kent State's BCS hopes on Friday night in the MAC championship game, winning 44-37 in double overtime.

"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," NC State athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement.

His offense has been particularly prolific in two seasons, as his quarterbacks -- Chandler Harnish last season and Jordan Lynch this season -- have been equally adept and running and passing. This season alone, Northern Ilinois averaged 40.8 points per game, and is in the top 15 nationally in rushing offense (ninth), scoring offense (10th), third-down conversions (15th), and total offense (15th).

"I am honored and excited to join the Wolfpack. NC State has world-class facilities and fans that are second to none," Doeren said in a statement. "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 athletic director Jeff Compher."

Doeren will be officially introduced Sunday.