And the winner is ... KU football fans select Dave Doeren over Les Miles

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack are coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Syracuse entering Saturday's game against Florida State. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack are coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Syracuse entering Saturday's game against Florida State. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

The results are in, voting has closed and the Kansas football fan base has made its choice for the program’s next head coach.

On the final day of voting in our KU Football Coaching Search Bracket, in what may be considered a mild upset by some who have been following along, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren defeated former LSU and Oklahoma State head coach Les Miles by the slimmest of margins — 51% to 49%.

Perhaps Miles’ backers within the KU fan base were too busy wondering about flights from Lawrence to Baton Rouge, La., that never materialized to remember to vote in the finals. Or maybe the bulk of our readers just plain prefer Doeren, a former KU assistant (2002-05) who grew up outside of Kansas City.

Either way, KU’s athletic director, Jeff Long, would be fortunate to be able to hire Doeren away from N.C. State — though doing so in reality would include a hefty $6 million buyout.

Currently in his sixth season with the Wolfpack and eighth as a head coach, Doeren, 46, led N.C. State to just its sixth 9-win season in school history in 2017, capping the year with a Sun Bowl victory over Arizona State.

Doeren is 63-37 as a head coach with a 40-33 mark since moving to N.C. State from Northern Illinois. His final team at Northern Illinois was 12-1 and received an Orange Bowl bid before Doeren moved on to the ACC.

Coaching Record Table
Year School G W L T Pct AP Pre AP High AP Post
2011Northern Illinois141130.786
2012Northern Illinois131210.9231622
2013North Carolina State12390.250
2014North Carolina State13850.615
2015North Carolina State13760.538
2016North Carolina State13760.538
2017North Carolina State13940.6921423
2018North Carolina State9630.66716
8 YrsOverall10063370.630
2 YrsNorthern Illinois272340.852
6 YrsNorth Carolina State7340330.548
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/11/2018.

Eliminated in finals:

Les Miles - Former LSU and Oklahoma State head coach

Eliminated in semifinals:

Jeff Monken - Army head coach

Seth Littrell - North Texas head coach

Eliminated in Round 3:

Chris Klieman - North Dakota State head coach

Willie Fritz - Tulane head coach

Bryan Harsin - Boise State head coach

Jason Candle - Toledo head coach

Eliminated in Round 2:

Greg Schiano - Ohio State defensive coordinator

Neal Brown - Troy head coach

Jim McElwain - Former Florida and Colorado State head coach

Major Applewhite - Houston head coach

Scott Satterfield - Appalachian State head coach

Matt Wells - Utah State head coach

Troy Calhoun - Air Force head coach

Jim Leavitt - Oregon defensive coordinator

Eliminated in Round 1:

Mike Locksley - Alabama offensive coordinator

Lance Leipold - Buffalo head coach

Bret Bielema - Former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach

Mike Norvell - Memphis head coach

Butch Jones - Former Tennessee and Cincinnati head coach

Mike MacIntyre - Colorado head coach

Todd Graham - Former Arizona State and Pitt head coach

Ed Warinner - Ohio State O-line coach

Tim Beck - Texas offensive coordinator

Ken Niumatalolo - Navy head coach

Jeff Tedford - Fresno State head coach

Chris Creighton - Eastern Michigan head coach

Frank Wilson - UT-San Antonio head coach

Brian Bohannon - Kennesaw State head coach

Craig Bohl - Wyoming head coach

— Review how the bracket played out: 2018 KU Football Coaching Search Bracket

Comments

Jeff Coffman

I'm not sure either one of these coaches is coming to KU as this goes further. If it was Les, it seems like we would already have him present and he'd be on the recruiting trail. I think the Doeren is a KU guy hoping he comes to KU, I just don't think it will happen and there are a lot of logistics that just won't happen.

My top listing is still with Leach, but Miles is a close second. I do think Graham is intriguing, but I'm excited to see what comes forth.

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Michael Maris

Rich Rodriguez's Agent didn't make a call to Mr. Long? LOLLOLLOLLOLLOL...........

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Karen Mansfield-Stewart

I agree with you Jeff on the Les Miles speculation. If it was going to happen, it seems like the time is now (or yesterday) to get it done. Also, I'd love Doeren too, but don't see it happening.

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Layne Pierce

I am not so big on triple option. I would really prefer, a running attack with passing when it is there. We definitely have great running backs, so whoever comes here would be stupid not to
make the run a big part of the overall plan.

Todd Graham seems a reasonable choice, and or Seth Littrell.

Here are 5 interesting alternatives. https://herosports.com/college-footba...

RCJH

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Robert Brock

Doeren would be crazy to take the KU job. A huge step back for him.

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