FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota State head football coach Rocky Hager says he’s been contacted by Minnesota State Moorhead about that school’s head coaching vacancy but he won’t apply because of timing and geography.

Hager tells The Forum newspaper that his wife is nearing retirement as a high school teacher in New Jersey.

Dragons Athletic Director Doug Peters declined comment on whether he’s talked to Hager.

The 59-year-old Hager has been away from the sidelines for more than a year. The North Dakota native was the head coach at Northeastern University for six seasons until the Boston school dropped its football program after the 2009 season. Before that, Hager coached 10 seasons at NDSU, becoming the school’s winningest coach with a 91-25-1 record.

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Comments (2)
  1. crash says:

    I always wondered what happened to Rocky after he left NDSU. I was there in the 90’s during the heyday of their Division 2 days. He had some great teams during those years.

    Glad to see he’s still doing well. I wouldn’t take the MSU job either – smart guy.

    1. Big Bill says:

      Why wouldn’t you take the MSUM job? Couldn’t you compete in the NSIC against UMD, Winona, Mankato, etc with pennies to the dollar in scholarships? That program will never compete while they keeping pumping money into their mediocre basketball programs (Mens and Womens) and neglecting the only sport that brings recognition and money into small universities with athletic programs (FOOTBALL).

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