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NC State makes one of nation's best hires

ESPN Insider Travis Haney has ranked the top 15 coaching hires in the country this offseason, and NC State's hire of Dave Doeren from Northern Illinois checked in at No. 10.

Here's a snippet of what Haney wrote on Doeren:

A Kansas native, what's concerning about Doeren is that he has no direct ties to the area or league. We've seen that work on lower levels but rarely at a BCS level. Let's face it: Doeren would have made a lot more sense -- a lot more -- at Wisconsin. The fact he'll be coaching the Wolfpack next season and not the Badgers has a lot to do with timing, whether anyone admits that or not.

Sorry, Boston College fans, but Steve Addazio is nowhere to be found on the list. Former Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, though, was ranked the No. 2 hire in the country at Kentucky. Here's an excerpt:

The more I learn about the youngest of the three college-coaching Stoops brothers, the more I like about what Mitch Barnhart did in luring him to Lexington. Stoops turned around Florida State's defense in short order, which was impressive (and why he got the job), but I really like the way he's gone about hiring a young, respected staff. As Lexington columnist John Clay noted, Stoops is 45 and his staff has an average of 39.4 years old.

The hire of Addazio at Boston College didn't exactly send waves of enthusiam through the BC fan base, but the Eagles did get a solid defensive coordinator in Don Brown. Off all of the coaching changes in the ACC this offseason, the hire of Ryan Day as offensive coordinator at BC was the biggest snoozer. Coaches are recycled constantly, but to come back to BC after being passed over for the job to begin with? There wasn't a more experienced coordinator out there? Day left BC for Temple because he was passed over for the OC job at BC. He was Addazio's coordinator at Temple, so it's no big surprise Addazio wanted to keep him around. But BC needs a fresh start, from top to bottom. Day was BC wide receivers coach for the Eagles between 2007-11 and as an offensive graduate assistant from 2003-04. BC's offense has been at the heart of its problems in recent years. Day has a lot to prove in this role, and he's got to be part of the solution this time around instead of part of the problem.