Dave Doeren to remain as NC State head coach

Dave Doeren, you're the next man up in Tennessee's long and winding coach search. Later Thursday, NC State's Board of Trustees made the news official, announcing it will hold a session on Friday to formally approve the terms of Doeren's new contract.

North Carolina State's Dave Doeren turned down the job Thursday, opting to stay in Raleigh. Doeren, 45, became the latest candidate not to reach an agreement with Tennessee, which also pursued Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Purdue's Jeff Brohm this week.

With the future of the Wolfpack's head coach solidified, the NC State football program can continue building.

Rumors went around that Coach Doeren was looking at possible coaching positions in MS and the University of Tennessee.

Doeren reportedly has received a contract extension and a raise from NC State; he is in his fifth season with the Wolfpack. Those talks began after the Volunteers backed out of the hiring agreement with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano before that deal fell through following a public backlash and campus protests on Sunday. He then took the job at N.C. State in 2013. She sweetened her offer on Wednesday, an unidentified News & Observer source said after Doeren began talking more seriously with Tennessee AD John Currie.

With Jimbo Fisher said to be leaning toward accepting Texas A&M's massive offer, FootballScoop.com is reporting that Sumlin and Fisher could swap places, with Florida State having interest in the former. Doeren had been making $2.2 million per year and had three years remaining on his current deal. He comes off of his best season with the Wolfpack, who went 8-4 (6-2 in ACC play) and are ranked No. 24 in the CFP selection committee rankings.

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