Tennessee chasing Dave Doeren after Jeff Brohm deal not reached

North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren

Doeren faces decision after Tennessee makes offer, NC State increases value on extension

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported that Doeren's new contract at N.C. State will be finalized "very soon", and potentially before Thursday is over. Speaking with AB11 after the announcement, Doeren said Raleigh is the best place for his family, and he loves it here.

However, that deal never came to fruition; interim coach Matt Luke was promoted to full-time status after Ole Miss was victorious in the Egg Bowl over Mississippi State.

"Dave has made significant strides in developing a complete program at N.C. State, and this new contract continues our commitment to his leadership", Yow said in a statement released by the school.

According to the News & Observer, Doeren, has three years remaining on his current deal that pays him $2.2 million annually (with a $2.52 million buyout) but has been working with AD Debbie Yow on a new contract since early October.

"We want to support the continued growth of the program under Dave, the culture he has established, the competitive and academic gains he's helped us achieve, and his continued progress in recruiting", Yow said.

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Doeren has spent five years with the Wolfpack, finishing 8-4 in the regular season with wins over Florida State, Louisville and UNC Chapel Hill. NC State is No. 24 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. His teams are 15-25 in conference play at State, and the 6-2 record against ACC teams this season was his first winning league record in Raleigh. Prior to serving as the head coach at Texas A&M, Sumlin lead Houston to a 35-17 record over four seasons from 2008-2011.

Tennessee athletic director John Currie met with Doeren on Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh to discuss the Volunteers' opening.

Sources tell ESPN that Tennessee is now turning its attention to former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, who was sacked by the school on November 21.

On Sunday, the Vols had a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but outlash from fans and former players ultimately sank the hire.

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