Dec 2, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies head coach Dave Doeren holds the championship trophy after defeating the Ohio Bobcats 23-20 to win the MAC Championship at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Northern Illinois Head Coach Dave Doeren Becoming Hot Coaching Candidate


Northern Illinois Huskies head coach Dave Doeren was victorious in Friday night’s MAC Championship game against the Kent State Golden Flashes as he hoisted his second-straight MAC Championship Trophy. Last season, Doeren led the Huskies to a MAC Championship title with a win over the Ohio Bobcats.

Now that he has gone two-for-two in conference championships during his two years as a head coach, Doeren is one of the hottest coaching candidates in college football.

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Per Yahoo! Sports, Doeren has received interest from Auburn, North Carolina State and Purdue.

The 40-year-old head coach would not comment on any head coaching rumors and refused to entertain any job offers until after the MAC Championship, but the second-year head coach is now available for contact.

Doeren has led Northern Illinois to a 23-4 record during his two years with the program.

Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Northern Illinois, Doeren was the defensive coordinator for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2006-10. However, don’t let the defensive background fool you. Doeren’s squad has averaged an impressive 40.8 points per game this season on their way to a 12-1 record.

The Parker Executive Search firm helped Northern Illinois hire Doeren in 2010 and, in an interesting twist, the firm has been hired by North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow for $90,000 as they continue their search for Tom O’Brien’s replacement.

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