Doeren denies Tennessee, re-ups with NC State

Tennessee’s search for a new head football coach will continue to plod forward, as their latest target — North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren — has decided to remain coach of the Wolfpack.

His loyalty was rewarded with a new contract that won’t expire until 2022.

Doeren spurned Tennessee as N.C. State countered with a new deal that will include an increase in salary as well as an increased salary pool for his staff.

The Volunteers have had difficulty hiring a replacement for Butch Jones, who was fired earlier this month after an 0-6 start in SEC play. Tennessee reached a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday night, but pulled out of the agreement after a large outcry from Volunteers fans on social media.

The school then targeted Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm. Gundy is expected to get a new deal with Oklahoma State and will stay with the Cowboys. Brohm, who led Purdue to a bowl game for the first time in five years, is potentially still in play.

Sports Illustrated also reports that SMU’s Chad Morris and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin could be potential targets. Morris is the former offensive coordinator at Clemson, while Martin is a former Tennessee quarterback who led the Vols to a national title in 1998.

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