Another coach has turned down the University of Tennessee. In response to the interest from Tennessee, NC State has offered him a new contract with increases in both compensation and term, as well as an enhanced salary pool for his staff.
According to Wolken, if Ole Miss didn't beat Mississippi State last Thursday, the school likely would not have offered interim coach Matt Luke the full-time position and would have hired Doeren.
Doeren has moved to the top of the school's list after several other candidates turned them down, including Duke football's David Cutcliffe.
Doeren may be looking at $3 million per year to stay with the Wolfpack or $4.5 million per year to head to Knoxville, Tennessee.
Doeren is 33-30 in five seasons with the Wolfpack. He said he listened to the pitch from Tennessee because they have a respectable program, but decided NC State is the best option and he's fired up to stay. The two had discussions about the job, but no deal was reached, and Tennessee then moved on to Doeren.More news: Harvey Weinstein & TWC Hit With Claims Of Sex Trafficking At Cannes 2014
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Former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is "not interested" in Tennessee's coaching vacancy, Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb posted Thursday night on his Twitter account. Not only does the Pack have one more game to play, but Doeren still has the prospect of adding to its recruiting class.
N.C. State is 8-4 and ranked No. 24 in the College Football Playoff poll.
The Vols' fan base revolted on Sunday when UT was reportedly set to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.