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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