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Dave Doeren introduced as N.C. State football coach

Associated Press Dave Doeren wanted to go somewhere he could have an impact. He’ll get that chance with a stagnant North Carolina State program in need of a push forward. The school held a news conference to introduce Doeren on Sunday. It capped a busy 48-hour period that saw Doeren lead Northern Illinois to a second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship on Friday night, then agree to take over the Wolfpack on Saturday and replace Tom O’Brien. “It seemed like a place that was very close to getting to the next step,” Doeren said. “I feel like I can make a difference here. That was the one thing I wanted to be able to do.” Athletic Director Debbie Yow said Doeren would receive a five-year contract worth about $1.8 million a year. There’s also an automatic two-year extension that kicks in if his program finishes in the top 25 in either of his first two seasons. “He is a smart guy,” Yow said. “Smart. Creative. He’s not wed to a system. He’s going to do what he has to do to match up what talent we have with whatever it is he’s trying to do. ... That’s a really important trait for any coach.” Doeren was 23-4 (17-1 MAC) in two seasons as Northern Illinois coach.

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