GRAND FORKS, N.D.
Southern Illinois assistant Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert was hired Tuesday as the football coach at North Dakota, returning to the school where he was the defensive coordinator when it won the 2001 NCAA Division II national title.
He inherits a team that went 3-8 this year and succeeds Chris Mussman, who was fired after six seasons.
Schweigert was the defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois, where he has been for six years. He worked under coach under Dale Lennon and coached three first-team All-Americans.
His defensive standouts included linebacker Jayson DiManche, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, and cornerback Korey Lindsey, a 2011 Bengals draft pick.
Schweigert was the head coach at Division II Minnesota Duluth from 2004 to 2007, guiding the Bulldogs to their first North Central Conference title.