"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. Regardless of what has happened, Tennessee is still looking for a coach with a report Thursday indicating that Sumlin is now a target for the vacancy.
The N.C. State board of trustees is expected to approve a five-year contract, worth about $3 million per year, on Friday. Tennessee officials have also had talks with SMU coach Chad Morris and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, as they try to put an end to a whirlwind coaching search to replace Butch Jones, who was sacked November 12.
Doeren came to Raleigh in 2012 after going 23-4 in two seasons at Northern Illinois.
Rumors went around that Coach Doeren was looking at possible coaching positions in MS and the University of Tennessee. Doeren is 33-30 in five seasons with the Wolfpack, led them to a 6-1 start and a ranking as high as No. 14 before a late-season skid. He is preparing for the team for its fourth straight bowl appearance.
For the first time, senior football players will be able to sign letters of intent during an early signing period in December, making the news of Doeren's contract extension even more important.
After backing out of their agreement with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and being turned down by Jon Gruden, David Cutcliffe, Mike Gundy, and Jeff Brohm, Tennessee has turned their attention to NC State head coach Dave Doeren, according to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman. The News & Observer said the new deal will increase Doeren's salary, the duration of the contract and have a larger pool of money for his assistant coaches.
Tennessee, which had paid former coach Butch Jones $4 million a year, had been prepared to pay Doeren the same amount, according to a source.