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North Carolina State football coach Dave Doeren confirmed to multiple outlets on Thursday that he will remain at the school after discussing the Tennessee job.
ESPN reported, citing a source, that Doeren and N.C. State have agreed in principle to a new five-year contract worth $3 million annually. Doeren had been making $2.2 million per year and had three years remaining on his current deal.
Doeren guided the Wolfpack to an 8-4 overall record and 6-2 mark in ACC play this season. The 45-year-old Doeren owns a 33-30 record in five seasons at N.C. State.
With Doeren staying at N.C. State, Tennessee is expected to turn its attention toward former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin for its vacant position, ESPN reported. Sumlin was fired on Sunday after six seasons with the Aggies.
The Volunteers have pursued Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Purdue's Jeff Brohm this week. 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.
Tennessee reportedly had a deal in place with Schiano on Sunday morning, but it fell through by the end of the day after the university heard from the fan base, state representatives and local business owners.
The outcry stemmed from Schiano's time on the staff at Penn State in the early 1990s, with fans expressing outrage with his alleged connection to convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky. Schiano spent five seasons at Penn State, four as the defensive backs coach on the staff with Sandusky, who was the defensive coordinator.