Dave Doeren turns down Vols to remain at NC State

Tricia Pearson
December 1, 2017

And another one. The search for a new Vols football coach has misfired yet again, with NC State's Dave Doeren made a decision to turn down Tennessee and return to Raleigh. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the five-year deal came after Doeren spoke to Tennessee officials about their coaching vacancy. He then took the job at N.C. State in 2013.

Doeren is expected to receive a new contract from the Wolfpack, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.

N.C. State officials announced the new agreement with Doeren on Thursday, pending approval from the school's Board of Trustees on Friday.

The Volunteers were reportedly pursuing the former Texas A&M coach on Thursday to potentially bring him to Knoxville as the next head coach at UT.

It's just another swing and miss by Tennessee athletic director John Currie in the seemingly never-ending coaching search to replace Butch Jones.

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Since Tennessee offered the job to Greg Schiano before backing away on Sunday, at least three coaches have turned down the Vols.

On the same day conflicting reports had the Vols had a deal/had no deal with Purdue's Jeff Brohm, the N.C. State coach emerged Wednesday as a (nother) serious candidate for the Vols. Not only does the Pack have one more game to play, but Doeren still has the prospect of adding to its recruiting class.

His career record of 56-34 also includes two years at Northern Illinois.

N.C. State is 8-4 and ranked No. 24 in the College Football Playoff poll.

N.C. State will lose 20 seniors from this year's team, which finished 6-2 in the ACC for the first time since 1994.

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