Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football coach Bob Nielson is expected to officially accept a job at Division I Kent State, a source with knowledge of the situation told KBJR6 Sports on Monday.
Nielson, who just finished his second season at South Dakota, has not publicly commented on any potential offer or interest in the Kent State job.
After 10 seasons across two separate stints at UMD, which included NCAA Division II championships in 2008 and 2010, Nielson left UMD following the 2012 season to take a job with Western Illinois.
He was (100-26) overall with the Bulldogs, which included two (15-0) seasons and five Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) regular season championships.
His .793 winning percentage is still the best in program history.
The source said the deal hasn't been formally completed, but that step is expected sometime this week.
Nielson won just four games in his first season with South Dakota, but the Coyotes went (8-4) in the 2017 season. In his three seasons at Western Illinois, Nielson led the Leathernecks to an overall record of (16-21).