Tennessee has already been turned down by multiple coaches as the university searches for a replacement for Butch Jones. In response to the interest from Tennessee, NC State has offered him a new contract with increases in both compensation and term, as well as an enhanced salary pool for his staff.
In five seasons leading the Wolfpack, Doeren has an overall record of 33-30.
Doeren is expected to receive a new contract from the Wolfpack, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.
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Chris Low of ESPN.com reported Wednesday that Doeren would discuss the opening with the Volunteers.
Just hours after long-time Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams reported that a deal was imminent with Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm to become the Vols' next coach, Tennessee is reportedly moving on in their search.
Doeren had faced an uncertain future late last season before beating rival North Carolina in the regular-season finale, and after that game Yow said he would return for 2017. The 45-year-old coach previously led Northern Illinois to a 23-4 mark in two seasons.
N.C. State will lose 20 seniors from this year's team, which finished 6-2 in the ACC for the first time since 1994.