Football: Northwestern looking to hire North Dakota State defensive coordinator David Braun, naming its third employee in the role in under four years


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Northwestern’s defensive line is getting a fresh start. The unit received a change Monday after the announcement of David Braun as the new defensive coordinator.

Skye Swann, Sports Editor

A big change for Northwestern football is on the horizon.

The Wildcats are rumored to be hiring North Dakota State defensive coordinator David Braun to replace Jim O’Neil next season. Braun has held the position for the Bisons’ program since 2019  and earnedFB Scoops’ 2021 Coordinator of the Year after leading NDSU to its first Division I championship appearance in 11 seasons. 

The talks of the new replacement come just over a month after NU cut ties with Jim O’Neil in the wake of  the Cats closing the ‘22 slate with only one win. According to ESPN, NU’s defensive unit ended the season ranked 66th in total defense and 84th in scoring defense. O’Neil spent two seasons in Evanston, both times where NU finished under .500. 

Braun’s potential arrival to Evanston for the 2023 crusade fuels a new horizon for the Cats’ floundering program. 

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