RALEIGH When Dave Doeren walked out of his introductory press conference at N.C. State on Sunday, he was told his former team, Northern Illinois, was headed to a BCS bowl.
Doeren, who led the Huskies to 23 wins in two years and a spot in this season's Orange Bowl, believes he can turn N.C. State into a "special" program.
"I wasn't going to leave (Northern Illinois) for just anything," Doeren said.
N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow has set a high bar for Doeren, who officially introduced on Sunday, after being hired on Saturday night.
Former coach Tom O'Brien went 40-35 in six seasons and led the Wolfpack to four bowls in five seasons. It wasn't enough for Yow, who made the change a week ago Sunday.
Yow expects N.C. State to be an annual contender for the Top 25 and in the ACC. N.C. State has finished in the top 25 just twice since 2000 and hasn't won an ACC title since 1979.
"We both share the same goals," Doeren said of Yow's expectations.
Doeren led NIU to a 12-1 record a No. 16 ranking in the AP poll this season and 23-4 record in two years. The Huskies learned Sunday night they will face ACC champion Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1.
Doeren won't coach NIU in the bowl game. He arrived in Raleigh on Sunday and met with the Wolfpack players, who went 7-5 this season.
Doeren agreed to a five-year contract worth $1.8 annually. Yow said there is an automatic two-year extension in Doeren's contract if he finishes in the AP top 25 in either of his first two seasons with the Wolfpack.
''He brings to N.C. State the total package of skills and values that will be required to elevate our program to national prominence over time,'' Yow said.
Doeren, who turns 41 on Monday, worked as an assistant at Wisconsin and Kansas before taking the NIU job in Dec. 2010.