Doeren Remains Positive

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dave Doeren left behind a program at Northern Illinois that was returning a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback and multiple starters on both sides of the ball to take over at NC State.

That team is currently undefeated and rising up the rankings. It makes you wonder what type of options Doeren would have had if he had remained at NIU for one more season.

However, he wanted to take on the challenge at NC State, a rebuilding project that he knew wouldn't be easy.

"I came here to build this place into the best program that I can," said Doeren. "My goal is to be an ACC champion and to compete for national championships.

"I didn't come in here knowing what exactly the roster contained. I didn't come in here knowing what kind of injuries we would have. I did come in here knowing that I'm going to get it done.

"I've been a part of this before at other programs where we built from what we had to what we wanted to become. Kansas, that rebuilding was very similar."

With the Wolfpack now at 3-5 and on a four-game losing streak, Doeren admits that he knows the Pack fans could be getting restless.

They want to see positive results.

"As a fanbase, I get it," he stated. "They want to win. It is one of the things I loved about NC State when I took the job. It's is a loyal, proud, passionate fanbase.

"I know when we lose they'll get mad, but I also know that they will stand behind us and take pride in where the program is going, not just where it is."

Hard at work and focused on the task at hand, Doeren isn't listening to the outside noise.

"I haven't even looked," he responded when asked on Monday if he feels the support. "I put my head down, I come to work, and I put in as many hours as I can before I'm too tired to work and then I go home and come back again.

"I know there are going to be people that say things. I told our players, don't read your message boards or Facebook, Twitter. Those people yelling at you are the same people that were congratulating you at the beginning of the year when we had wins. I know that we can get them back as soon as we start playing the way that they want us to, and we will."

All it takes is a couple of wins for the vibe around the program to change in a "what have you done for me lately" world. Next up for the Wolfpack is a game against rival Duke, who sits at 6-2 and a 10-point favorite in the game.

Regardless of the outcome versus the Blue Devils, or the others in the 2013 season, Doeren truly believes the future is bright.

"The people on the outside don't know everything that's going on inside, they just want results," he stated. "That's the society that we live in, and I get it. I would tell [the fans] to keep buying tickets and keep coming to games because you are going to be really proud of what's here.

"I get to go to the developmental practices and see our redshirts. I get to hang out with Jacoby Brisset. I get to recruit this recruiting class that's coming in here. There were over 250 recruits here this weekend... I'm the one that has the interaction and hears the conversations.

"I know what's going on here. I know where it's going."


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