N.C. State hires Northern Illinois' Dave Doeren as new Wolfpack coach

Hiring ends week-long search that included interview with Clemson's Chad Morris

Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren, center, holds the Mid-American Conference championship trophy after defeating Kent State 44-37 in the second overtime in an NCAA college football game at Ford Field, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren, center, holds the Mid-American Conference championship trophy after defeating Kent State 44-37 in the second overtime in an NCAA college football game at Ford Field, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dave Doeren is leaving Northern Illinois to take over at North Carolina State.

N.C. State announced Doeren's hiring Saturday — less than 24 hours after he guided the 19th-ranked Huskies to their second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship, and just six days after the Wolfpack fired Tom O'Brien.

Doeren claimed a MAC title both years he has been a head coach and is 23-4 since taking over the Huskies before the 2011 season with a 17-1 record in conference play.

N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow calls Doeren "a highly motivated overachiever."

Doeren — who turns 41 on Monday — replaces O'Brien, who was fired following six inconsistent seasons and no Atlantic Coast Conference title-game appearances with the Wolfpack.

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