"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".
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.
The N.C. State board of trustees is expected to approve a five-year contract, worth about $3 million per year, on Friday.
This means the whirlwind coaching search at Tennessee will continue. That search seemingly ended with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday, but that deal was nixed after fans and state politicians expressed their outrage.
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. Doeren is 33-30 in five seasons with the Wolfpack, led them to a 6-1 start and a ranking as high as No. 14 before a late-season skid.
According to Wolken, Doeren and Debbie Yow, the school's athletic director, are in a "contentious" standoff over contract negotiations.
His career record of 56-34 also includes two years at Northern Illinois. The Wolfpack is 8-4 overall.
Back in October, it was Wolken that reported Doeren and Yow were already negotiating a contract extension for the fifth-year coach. A source told SI that the Volunteers are now targeting NC State head coach Dave Doeren as of Thursday morning, and that in response 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. His teams are 15-25 in conference play at State, and the 6-2 record against ACC teams this season was his first winning league record in Raleigh. On Wednesday, it was Tennessee and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm.