Created:Monday, November 26, 2012 6:46 p.m.CDT
Updated:Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:27 a.m.CDT
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Compher realizes Doeren a hot commodity

By STEVE NITZ - snitz@shawmedia.com
NIU head coach Dave Doeren has gone 22-4 in his two seasons in DeKalb. (Daily Chronicle file photo)

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Several BCS head coaching jobs opened up Sunday, with Auburn, Boston College, Colorado, N.C. State and Purdue all firing their coaches.

In addition to those four schools, Arkansas, California, Kentucky and Tennessee all are BCS teams who will be looking for new men to lead their programs in the coming weeks.

With Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren's success in DeKalb (22-4 in two seasons), he certainly could be getting the call from a BCS school.

Monday, NIU athletic director Jeff Compher was asked if he thought Doeren will be highly sought after. Compher said he expects other programs to consider his head coach.

Compher added that his main focus is Friday's Mid-American Conference Championship Game against Kent State. The Huskies have a chance to qualify for a BCS bowl game with a win.

"We're very grateful that Dave's done so well here," Compher said. "We believe that a lot of programs across the country will certainly take a look at him, that's what they should be doing.

"But we remain focused for this game and our bowl game, and we'll see where things go. I'm just very, very pleased with the progress coach Doeren has made in two short years and where he's taken our program to a whole new level."

In an interview with SiriusXM College Sports Nation earlier this month, Doeren said he would be open to other job opportunities that could come around.

"If it does, it does. I've lived by (the idea that) if you do a great job where you are and opportunities come your way, and it may not be the right one," Doeren said, per CoachingSearch.com. "I think that's really important. I have a great job, my family is happy, I like the kids I coach, and they take care of me here. I'm not leaving here for something that I don't think is better than what I have.

"I really have enjoyed the process at NIU and they gave me my first chance to be a head coach. So I'm going to do everything I can to make this the best school that I can make it. If something comes along that I know if better for me and my family, I'm going to have to listen to it. But we're not there yet."

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