N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren has been pushing for a contract extension from the school in recent days. Since it has not arrived, Doeren has reportedly started looking at coaching openings elsewhere, most notably Tennessee.
Inside Pack Sports tweeted that Doeren is scheduled to meet with Tennessee representatives about the job on Wednesday. The news comes a few hours after Dan Wolken of USA Today reported that Doeren was engaged in negotiations to become the next coach at Ole Miss.
Had Ole Miss not defeated Mississippi State last Thursday, according to Wolken, the school likely would not have offered interim coach Matt Luke the full-time position and would have hired Doeren.
Per sources, Dave Doeren is meeting with Tennessee officials today about the head coaching position.
— Inside Pack Sports (@InsidePackSport) November 29, 2017
Doeren’s current contract was automatically extended through 2020 by virtue of his team winning eight games this season. The Wolfpack won six straight to get to 6-1 and were ranked as high as No. 14 before losing three of their last five games to Notre Dame, Clemson and Wake Forest. Wolken reported that any renegotiation of Doeren’s deal would include extending the length of the contract by more than three years.
Doeren is at least the third name reported to have been contacted by Tennessee officials since the planned hiring of Ohio State assistant Greg Schiano fell through on Sunday. Tuesday, the school engaged in talks with Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy. Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Volunteer officials had reached out to Purdue’s Jeff Brohm.
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