Chicago Colleges: Jeff Compher

NIU confident about finding a quality coach

December, 1, 2012
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Northern Illinois' second consecutive MAC championship celebration came to a halt less than 24 hours after it began as Huskies coach Dave Doeren announced Saturday he was leaving for North Carolina State.

Doeren's move wasn't unexpected. With Doeren’s 23-4 overall record and 15-1 conference mark in two seasons and the Huskies knocking on the BCS door this year, Huskies athletic director Jeff Compher even said recently he understood Doeren was going to be a hot commodity very soon.

"If you look at some of the best football programs in our conference, many major universities and conferences come chomping in the MAC," Compher said in November. "That's what we anticipate down the road. Whether or not that's something this year or five years down the road, we always have to be prepared for that."

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NIU coach Doeren makes name for himself

November, 13, 2012
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Dave DoerenMike DiNovo/US PresswireDave Doeren has guided Northern Illinois to becoming one of the nation's most successful programs over the past two seasons.


When Northern Illinois athletic director Jeff Compher hired Dave Doeren as football coach in December 2010, Compher knew he’d likely be undertaking another coaching search in the not-too-distant future.

It’s the cruel truth that comes with being in the Mid-American Conference. Once you have a quality football coach, it’s only a matter of time before a BCS program snatches that coach away.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly were once in the MAC. Every MAC Coach of the Year from 2007-2010 -- Turner Gill, Brady Hoke, Al Golden, Mike Haywood -- departed for more high-profile jobs. Even Compher’s hire of Doeren was the result of Jerry Kill leaving the Huskies for Minnesota after three consecutive bowl berths.

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Andrew Weber/US PresswireDave Doeren led Northern Illinois to a MAC championship in his first season as coach.
And now, in Doeren’s second season at Northern Illinois, Compher appears bound to deal with that reality sooner than later.

As the Huskies head into Wednesday’s MAC matchup with Toledo at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2, Doeren has guided them to becoming one of the nation’s most successful programs over the past two seasons. The Huskies own the country’s longest home winning streak at 20 games and the longest conference winning streak at 14 games. Northern Illinois, Alabama and Oregon are the only Football Bowl Subdivision programs to win 18 of their last 19 games.

“If you look at some of the best football programs in our conference, many major universities and conferences come chomping in the MAC,” said Compher, who became athletic director in June 2008. “That’s what we anticipate down the road. Whether or not that’s something this year or five years down the road, we always have to be prepared for that. We’re very happy with Dave. We want him to stay a long time.”

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