Dave Doeren to stay at NC State; Vols reportedly eye Kevin Sumlin

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On Thursday, Dave Doeren turned down Tennessee's offer and decided he will stay at NC State.

NC State announced Thursday afternoon that a contract extension for Doeren has been agreed to, pending approval from the school's Board of Trustees.

Doeren has moved to the top of the school's list after several other candidates turned them down, including Duke football's David Cutcliffe. "My heart is at NC State, my family and I are truly grateful to Chancellor (Randy) Woodson and Athletic Director Debbie Yow for the opportunity to continue to build on the momentum we have here in Raleigh", Doeren said in a release from the university.

Tennessee fans, who revolted on social media last week, derailing a possible hire of Greg Schiano, reacted negatively toward the selection of Doeren as well, tweeting to him personally that they wanted him to turn down the offer.

After leading the Wolfpack to an 8-4 regular season with a 6-2 ACC record, the Pack's best since 1994, in his fifth year as head coach, speculation about Doeren's future has run rampant over the past week. She sweetened her offer on Wednesday, an unidentified News & Observer source said after Doeren began talking more seriously with Tennessee AD John Currie.

As the search for the next head coach continues, some outlets are reporting that former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin could be a possibility.

Sumlin also posted a 35-17 record in four years at Houston before leaving for Texas A&M after the 2011 season. He went 86-43 in six seasons with the team but had not won a bowl game since 2014. NC State is No. 24 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

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