Report: South Dakota’s Bob Nielson Offered Kent State Job
Just days after the conclusion of the most successful football season for the University of South Dakota in the Division I era, the Coyotes may be looking for a new head coach.
FootballScoop is reporting the USD’s second-year head coach Bob Nielson is in talks to become the new head coach at Kent State, in the Mid-American Conference:
Sources tell us that primary target Bob Nielson, the head coach at the University of South Dakota, has been offered the job. We’re told it is not a done deal at this time.
Nielson just finished his second season in Vermillion, taking a program that had only posted two winning seasons in eight years of play at the FCS level and putting them into the FCS Playoffs.
Prior to USD, Nielson helped turnaround a struggling Western Illinois program, which qualified for post season play in his third season in Macomb.
As a Division II coach, Nielson won National Championships at Minnesota-Duluth in 2008 and 2010.
Kent State is in the market for a new head coach after not renewing the contract of Paul Haynes after five seasons. During that time, the Golden Flashes went 14-45, incuding 2-10 this season.