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Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren offers encouragement from the sideline during a Huskies practice. Doeren served as Kansas University co-defensive coordinator in 2005 and recruited some of the most memorable names to Lawrence. NIU will visit Kansas this season for a Sept. 10 contest in Memorial Stadium.

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Master recruiter: NIU coach Doeren lured some of KU’s best

Likeability, strong communication skills, an organized mind, a relentless work ethic, steady self-confidence, thick-enough skin to bounce back from rejection, the ability to, as Alec Baldwin so famously said, “A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing. Always be closing.”

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