COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UND football coach search drawing to a close
Today marks Day 35 that UND has been without a head football coach.
But the search is drawing to a close.
UND is expected to name a new coach within the next two days.
On Christmas Day, either Bubba Schweigert or Kalen DeBoer likely will be in high gear, putting together a new staff, targeting recruits and contacting current players as one of the two is expected to be named UND's 25th coach in school history.
Over the weekend, both Schweigert and DeBoer interviewed for the position.
But UND had not made any announcement by late Sunday night, adding to the speculation that a new coach will be named within the next day or two.
Schweigert is the defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois, while DeBoer is the Southern Illinois offensive coordinator. Both are on Dale Lennon's staff at SIU. Lennon was UND's head coach for nine seasons before taking the SIU job.
The lengthy timeline for hiring a new coach has irritated a number of fans. However, since UND launched a national search for its next coach, the athletic department has had to follow university policy in its hiring procedure.
That school's hiring procedure is the main reason for the lengthy search.
UND has received more than 70 applications for the position. That group was cut down to nine and of that group of nine, UND decided to interview Schweigert and DeBoer.
Schweigert is no stranger to UND football, serving as an assistant coach for 15 years before taking the Minnesota-Duluth head coaching position in 2004.
DeBoer has regional ties as well. He helped build the University of Sioux Falls into a national NAIA power. His Sioux Falls teams went 67-3 and won three national NAIA titles before he joined Lennon's staff in Carbondale, Ill., in 2010.
During the search for a new coach, however, UND has lost three high-profile players.
Wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Jameer Jackson have left; Golladay leaving for Northern Illinois and Jackson heading for Minnesota State-Mankato.
Cornerback Daryl Brown last week said he is transferring to Minnesota-Duluth.
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