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Pete Thamel from Yahoo Sports also reported Doeren's decision to stay at N.C. State.

"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.

Doeren had considered an offer from Oregon State and was in preliminary talks with MS before talks with Tennessee reached the point where he was offered the job on Wednesday night.

It was reported on Wednesday after that that Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, in his first year with the program, would be hired for the Tennessee job.

Sources tell ESPN that Tennessee is now turning its attention to former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, who was sacked by the school on November 21.

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

Doeren's decision to remain at State continues Tennessee's frustrating search for a coach after the November 12 firing of Jones, who went 34-27 in five seasons. He is preparing for the team for its fourth straight bowl appearance.

And should the Vols secure Doeren, well, the natives will be a bit restless at that news. NC State had seven All-ACC selections this season, its highest total since 2002, while Bradley Chubb was honored as ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

N.C. State is 8-4 and ranked No. 24 in the College Football Playoff poll.

With that in mind, the Volunteers are now reportedly targeting Dave Doeren of NC State to take over.

Doeren holds a 33-30 record as the coach of the Wolfpack.

Sources tell us that he's chose to stay put, and that he was offered a higher salary and an extension on his contract.

The two sides had been working toward a new contract starting in October, according to the News & Observer, but negotiations had deteriorated.

Tennessee was paying Butch Jones $4 million per year when it fired him earlier this month with a 34-27 overall record.