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NC State pursuing extension for football coach Dave Doeren

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FILE - North Carolina State is pursuing an extension for football coach Dave Doeren. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina State is pursuing an extension for football coach Dave Doeren.

In a statement Tuesday, athletic director Debbie Yow says school officials "want Dave here a long time and appreciate the progress that has been made." Doeren's contract with the No. 20 Wolfpack runs through the 2019 season.

N.C. State (5-1) is in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2010 and has its first 3-0 start in Atlantic Coast Conference play since 2002.

Doeren's future was uncertain last year before Yow said he'd return for a fifth season following a win at rival North Carolina in the regular-season finale. That improved Doeren to 9-23 in ACC play and secured a third straight bowl trip.

Doeren is 30-27 with N.C. State, which visits Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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