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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 07:25 PM

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Reports: UT Looking At NC State's Dave Doeren As Possible Replacement For Butch Jones After Purdue's Brohm Turns Vols Offer Down

Several reports have surfaced that Doeren has an offer from NC State that has increases in pay, years and salary pool for assistants.

Bruce Feldman
#Tennessee coaching search update: Source tells me #NCState’s Dave Doeren who the #Vols have now targeted, has a contract offer in front of him from NCSU with increases compensation and years, as well as an enhanced salary pool for his staff. reports the Tennessee coaching search will continue after Tennessee moved on from Jeff Brohm on Wednesday. The next target in the search could land on Dave Doeren of N.C. State.

Tennessee officials are trying to find a replacement for Butch Jones, who was terminated on Nov. 12.

ESPN college football writer Chris Low reported the Vols have turned their attention to Doeren after previously looking at current Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. CBS Sports reports a day filled with conflicting reports of Brohm's willingness to take the position ended on a no-deal between the coach and Tennessee.

Chris Low
No deal was reached between Tennessee and Purdue's Jeff Brohm, and Vols have now turned their attention to N.C. State's Dave Doeren.
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Tennessee offered Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy a 6-year, $42 million dollar contract Tuesday, which would have made him the second highest paid coach in the SEC, but he hinted to remaining at Oklahoma State in a tweet late Tuesday night. Gundy tweeted "Cowboy For Life!" following the reported offer.

Sunday, rumors hinted Athletic Director John Currie would announce Greg Schiano as Butch Jones' replacement. Vol fans protested on campus and on social media before sources said the deal was called off.

On Wednesday evening, our partners at reported other names could emerge in the search for Tennessee's next head football coach. Some of those names included Kevin Steele from Auburn or Chad Morris of Southern Methodist University.

Early signing period for next season's team begins on December 20.