"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". Later Thursday, NC State's Board of Trustees made the news official, announcing it will hold a session on Friday to formally approve the terms of Doeren's new contract.
This means the whirlwind coaching search at Tennessee will continue. Tennessee and Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano agreed to a deal Sunday, but the school backed out following public outcry and campus protests, plus government officials protesting on Twitter.
According to Wolken, Doeren and Debbie Yow, the school's athletic director, are in a "contentious" standoff over contract negotiations.
Doeren, 45, is coming off his best season at N.C. State, bowl-bound at 8-4 and No. 24 in this week's the College Football Playoff rankings.
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.
The two sides had hoped to work out an agreement in October, after the Wolfpack had started the season at 6-1, but couldn't come to an agreement on the length of the contract. Doeren is 31-29 overall at NC State, with a 15-25 record in ACC play.
N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren put together a strong in-state recruiting class from the Class of 2018, but recent talk of Doeren leaving Raleigh for other jobs, most recently Tennessee, raised questions about whether that class would stick around if a new coach took over.
Doeren's new contract at NC State should be finalized very soon, possibly by the end of Thursday, a source told ESPN.