NIU gives Dave Doeren raise, extension

Northern Illinois gave coach Dave Doeren a one-year extension and raise of nearly $50,000, the school announced Thursday.

Doeren's contract now runs through June 30, 2017, and his annual salary has been increased from $371,000 to $420,000.

In Doeren's first season, the Huskies have gone 10-3, won their first MAC championship in 28 years and will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

"We feel like we have the best coach in the MAC and we wanted to be sure his contract reflected that," Northern Illinois athletic director Jeff Compher said in a statement. "According to the data we have, this increase will make him the third-highest paid coach in the MAC. It's important for us to be at the top of the league as we continue to build on this championship season and move our program forward. In addition, we want to do everything possible to keep Dave as our head coach, and feel the additional compensation is an important part of that effort."

Doeren expressed his appreciation.

"I'm really grateful to Jeff Compher and President (John) Peters for extending my contract and making me feel very special here at NIU," Doeren said. "I feel the warmth that they've shown to me and my family and how much they want us to be a part of what's going on here. To reward us, in tough economic times, shows their dedication to not only me and my staff, but the work that we've done in a short year. I really appreciate it and look forward to what's ahead."

The Huskies will play Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 8.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.