Dave Doeren takes over at North Carolina State, replacing Tom O'Brien, who was fired after going 40-35 in six seasons as coach. Doeren bounced around as an assistant before becoming head coach at Northern Illinois in 2011. His Huskies were 23-4 in two seasons before the Wolfpack came calling last December.
Doeren and his team catch a break with the schedule. North Carolina State plays eight home games and won't have to leave the state until an Oct. 26 game at Florida State. The only other out-of-state trip is Nov. 16 at Boston College.
Thanks to Thomas.