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NC State football coach Dave Doeren will remain at the school after discussing the Tennessee job on Wednesday, he confirmed to ESPN.
Doeren and NC State have agreed in principle to a new five-year contract worth $3 million annually, a source told ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.
NC State coach Dave Doeren is staying with the Wolfpack. Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports
The two sides have been working on a new deal over the last six weeks, but Doeren’s interview with Tennessee helped get the final negotiations over the finish line. The new deal is a nearly $1 million raise for Doeren, who was making $2.2 million a year.
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. NC State will learn its bowl destination Sunday.
Doeren is 33-30 in five seasons with the Wolfpack. 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. Tennessee and Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano agreed to a deal Sunday, but the school backed out following public outcry and campus protests, plus government officials protesting on Twitter.
Doeren told Adelson that his family, players and incoming recruits led to his decision to remain at NC State.
“My family loves it here too much. I’m here because I love my players and my recruits,” Doeren said.
Doeren is 56-34 in seven seasons as an FBS head coach.
With Doeren staying at NC State, Tennessee plans to talk to former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, sources tell ESPN.
ESPN’s Chris Low contributed to this story.
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