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Filed under: Bowl 2012: Dave Doeren Looking To Build Something At NIU With Contract Extension In Hand

The MAC Champion Northern Illinois Huskies and the Sub Belt Champion Arkansas State Red Wolves are preparing for the Bowl on January 8th, 2012, but Huskies coach Dave Doeren is looking even farther into the future as well. After leading the team to a 10-win season and a MAC Championship in his first year on the job, Doeren earned a contract extension with the school that now runs through 2017. After signing the deal earlier in the month of December, Doeren is now looking to create a perennial powerhouse at NIU, and it all starts with the bowl. With his extension in hand, the Huskies head coach spoke about what it means to him and what it says about NIU:

It shows they want to have another championship instead of waiting. Anytime you can have continuity within your coaching staff, which we're trying to do not just with me, but with the assistant coaches, it helps the process. It shows recruits that the administration is happy with what we've done this year and they want to continue the trend. For our recruits to see that they've extended my contract to five years just helps reinforce what I'm telling them - that we're here, we're excited about being here and the administration is excited about us being here.

via Northern Illinois is 10-3 on the season and will take on the 10-2 Arkansas State Red Bears in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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