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Report: Bohl talks to No. Illinois AD

The first serious shot at a head college football coach who went 20-2 the last two years was apparently fired by Northern Illinois University. The school may be pursuing North Dakota State's Craig Bohl.

Craig Bohl

The first serious shot at a head college football coach who went 20-2 the last two years was apparently fired by Northern Illinois University. The school may be pursuing North Dakota State's Craig Bohl.

He met with NIU athletic director Jim Phillips in Chicago this week, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Bohl, who is coming off his second straight 10-1 year, does not comment on any matter relating to future job opportunities. NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said Thursday night he had not been contacted by any school inquiring about Bohl.

Northern Illinois is a member of the Mid-American Conference - the same league that NDSU is

2-0 against the last two years. The Bison defeated Central Michigan 44-14 this year and Ball State (Ind.) 29-24 last season.

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The MAC, however, is a Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) league - which is one rung higher than NDSU's Football Championship Subdivision (formerly 1-AA).

NIU is looking for a replacement for Joe Novak, who retired after the Huskies went 2-10. He spent 12 years with Northern Illinois and compiled a 63-75 record.

His team won or shared the MAC West Division title four times and the Huskies made two bowl appearances.

The Huskies had seven straight winning seasons from 2000-2006.

The Tribune reported several candidates may be in line for the job including Southern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill and Grand Valley State (Mich.) head coach Chuck Martin.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack's NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com Report: Bohl talks to No. Illinois AD Jeff Kolpack 20071207

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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