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Happy Birthday Coach Doeren!



Dave Doeren, Head Football Coach for the NC State Football team, turned 51 years old today. Even though this is Doeren’s 10th season in Raleigh, he is still young in the coaching profession.

It’s a rarity in College Football for a  coach to stay at the same place 10 years. Doeren’s 10-year tenure is the 11th longest in the FBS (131 schools), and the 2nd longest in the ACC, trailing only Dabo Swinney at Clemson (14 seasons).

Doeren’s 10-year tenure is the 2nd longest in the history of the NC State Football program, trailing only Earle Edwards, who coached 17 seasons for the Wolfpack (1954-70).

What has Doeren accomplished in 10 years as the head coach for NC State?

His overall record is 72-53, making him the 2nd winningest coach in school history, trailing only Earle Edwards (77-88-8).

Doeren has led the Wolfpack to three 9-win seasons, which is the most in school history. All three of them coming since 2017. He has a chance to make it 4 with a bowl victory this year.

Under Doeren, NC State has finished ranked in the College Football Playoff Top-25 three times, and he has a chance to make it 4 this year.

The Wolfpack has finished ranked in the AP Poll twice under Doeren, which is the 2nd most in school history. Lou Holtz led the Wolfpack to finish the season ranked in the AP Poll three times in (72-74). If NC State can finish this year ranked, it will mark only the 5th time in program history that the Wolfpack finished ranked back-to-back years in the AP Poll.

Over the past two seasons, Doeren led NC State to a 16-game winning streak in Carter-Finley Stadium, tying the school record set by Holtz back in the 70’s.

Doeren led the Wolfpack to a streak of being ranked in 17-straight AP Polls over the past two seasons, which is the 2nd longest streak in program history. The record is 22 straight over the 1992-93 seasons.

Under Doeren, the Wolfpack have gone bowling 8 times in 10 years, which is another program best.

Since 2014, Doeren has led NC State to a 69-44 overall record, which is the 2nd best record in the ACC, trailing only Clemson. That’s pretty incredible when you think about it.

Happy Birthday Coach! You’re one of the best to ever do it at NC State.




Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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2 months ago

If NCSU was in the Coast thru division, I”m pretty sure DD would at least have had us in the ACCCG twice.

I’m ready to get rid of the divisions and lets let the two best teams go to the game.

Clemson totally obliterating UNC was probably a nice little birthday gift from Dabo. Speaking of which, another rookie completely outplays Hypesman candidate

2 months ago

I hope he’s around for a lot more years.

2 months ago

And the fools want to fire him …

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NC State’s 2023 Football Schedule has Arrived!



NC State’s 2023 Football schedule was released yesterday.



  • NC State will play all three in-state ACC rivals: UNC, Duke and Wake Forest
  • NC State has two Friday night games back to back: UVA & Louisville
  • NC State will play Quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s former team UVA on 9/22.
  • NC State will host Notre Dame for the 2nd time ever, and will face a familiar face in former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman.
  • In the first year without Divisions in the ACC, 5 of NC State’s 8 conference opponents will be teams that were in the Coastal Division last year: UVA, UNC, Miami, Duke, VT.
    • The three former Atlantic Division opponents are: Clemson, Wake Forest and Louisville

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NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class has the Most 4-Star Players in the Dave Doeren Era



NC State’s 2023 football recruiting class is currently ranked 30th nationally by ON3, but I think you can make an argument that this could be Dave Doeren’s best class since he’s been in Raleigh.

Currently, 9 of the 18 players that make up the class (not including collegiate transfers) are 4-star prospects. You would think a class that included 9 4-star prospects would be ranked higher than 30th, but the reason it isn’t, is because different recruiting services rank players differently.

This is the most 4-star players that Doeren has ever had in a single class.

2023 – 9
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 4
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 6
2013 – 2

4-Star Players in the Wolfpack’s 2023 Recruiting Class

Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals & ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Safety Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
JUCO Defensive Lineman Jykeveous Hibbler (ESPN)
JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (ON3)
Offensive Lineman Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)

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Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins Commits to FIU



Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins has committed to play for Florida International University.

On January 1st, Larkins made it official that he was entering the Transfer Portal.

Larkins only played 11 snaps in 1 game this season (Charleston Southern), and recorded 1 tackle. In 2021, he played 16 snaps in 1 game and recorded 2 tackles.

He was a 3-star recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, in the 2020 recruiting class, so heading to Miami puts him at around an hour from his hometown.

Larkins has three years of eligibility remaining.

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NC State will Host Notre Dame for their 2023 Football Home Opener



It’s official. NC State’s football home opener will be against Notre Dame next Fall.

The Wolfpack defense will see a familiar face across the line of scrimmage throwing the pigskin. Former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to play for the Irish for his final year of eligibility.

This will mark the 4th time Hartman has faced NC State in his career.

Notre Dame finished the 2022 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll, with a 9-4 record.

This will mark the 4th time the Wolfpack have played the Irish, and the second time at home. The other time Notre Dame came to Raleigh, NC State won 10-3 in a hurricane. The Wolfpack have won 2 of their 3 games against the Irish.

The Wolfpack’s other non-conference opponents in 2023 will be at UCONN, and VMI and Marshall at home.

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