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College football notebook: N.C. State hires UNI's Doeren

| Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 6:50 p.m.

Dave Doeren is leaving Northern Illinois after two straight championship seasons 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 firing Tom O'Brien.

Doeren claimed a MAC title both years he was at NIU and is 23-4 since taking over the Huskies with a 17-1 record in conference play.

Doeren, who turns 41 on Monday, said he was “honored and excited” to join the Wolfpack. He replaces O'Brien, who was fired following six inconsistent seasons and no Atlantic Coast Conference championship-game appearances at a school that hasn't won the ACC since 1979.

O'Brien, 64, was fired after going 40-35 in six seasons in Raleigh, won't coach the Wolfpack in their bowl game and will receive a buyout of $1.2 million over four years.

Minn. college thrives despite coaching mess

One day after their exiled football coach was cleared from child pornography charges and lobbied to return to work, the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks (13-0) advanced to the Division II semifinals with a 17-10 victory over Missouri Western.

Todd Hoffner has been on administrative leave since being charged in August with possession of child pornography. Prosecutors alleged that a video he took on his cellphone of his children playing in a bath amounted to child porn. But a judge threw out the charges Friday.

Hoffner was not on the field Saturday when his team won; the school says it's still conducting an internal investigation.

Hoffner's attorney, Jim Fleming, said he believes that university officials “know everything they need to know.”

Man charged in shooting of Morgan St. player

Baltimore police have arrested a 20-year-old Washington man in the shooting of a Morgan State University football player.

Police said Keith Robertson confessed to the shooting of sophomore offensive lineman Tyrell Okoro, 20, which occurred around 1 p.m. Friday near a residence hall.

New Orleans Bowl announces matchup

East Carolina (8-4) has accepted an invitation to meet Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 22 in the Superdome.

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