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Tennessee's search now turns toward Kevin Sumlin

02 December 2017

"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. Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and UCLA have all filled their head coaching vacancies, while major openings are still looming at Arkansas, Nebraska, and Texas A&M.

Nothing has been normal about Tennessee's rollercoaster search for a new head coach. Those talks began after the Volunteers backed out of the hiring agreement with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano before that deal fell through following a public backlash and campus protests on Sunday. The 45-year-old Doeren owns a 33-30 record in five seasons at N.C. State.

Doeren, who turns 46 on Sunday, has a strong recruiting class lined up this year.

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Tennessee is looking for a new head coach after former UT head coach Butch Jones was sacked on November 12. He is preparing for the team for its fourth straight bowl appearance.

According to Wolken, Doeren and Debbie Yow, the school's athletic director, are in a "contentious" standoff over contract negotiations.

Doeren had faced an uncertain future late last season before beating rival North Carolina in the regular-season finale, after which Yow said he would return for 2017.

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N.C. State is 8-4 and ranked No. 24 in the College Football Playoff poll. Doeren is 31-29 overall at NC State, with a 15-25 record in ACC play.

NC State football Head Coach Dave Doeren said he will not take a job with Tennessee.

Doeren, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, had wanted a five-year deal, a raise that would put him in the middle of the ACC pecking order and a bigger pool of money for his assistant coaches.

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Sources tell us that he's made a decision to stay put, and that he was offered a higher salary and an extension on his contract. On Wednesday, it was Tennessee and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm.

Tennessee's search now turns toward Kevin Sumlin