For coach Dave Doeren of NC State Wolfpack, the upcoming game against the North Carolina Tar Heels is just about helping his team qualify for a bowl. It will also determine his employment with NC State next year.
Needless to say, the Wolfpack are currently having a bad year this season under the guidance of Doeren. Following the loss to Miami, NC State now has a record of 5-6. However, their record is not that bad to push them out of bowl contention this year. In other words, they still have a chance if they manage to get through their opponent the Tar Heels on Nov. 25. In North Carolina.
However, aside from winning another game, Doeren is also feeling the pressure from NC State athletic director Debbie Yow who recently confirmed that the coach's tenure with the university will be evaluated once this season is over.
In other words, if Doeren continues to disappoint NC State followers, he will most likely get booted off the program next year. Although firing him would mean that the university will owe him $2.52 million since he still has three seasons in his contract, replacing him next year will probably feel worth it than going through the Wolfpack's prolonged losing streak, according to the News and Observer.
Doeren is quite aware that his job with NC State for next year is no longer secure given his disappointing track record. But for the coach, we will not focus on this matter when the Wolfpack face their rivals.
"For a season of ‘almosts,' we'd love to finish it with a win against our rival," he said. "I'm sure that would make a lot of us feel better than we do today. But big-picture wise, I'm really concerned more about just this five-day span here and getting our guys ready to play the best that they can so they can feel the gratification of their work."
He also promised fans of the university's football team that despite his current status, he will still continue to work hard fighting for NC State's playoff contention.
"I know there's always people that doubt or hate or lose faith but I know this, we'll never quit fighting for you," he said according to the Charlotte Observer. "When we do break through, and it will happen, it's going to be because we never quit and we never lost faith."
NC State will face off against North Carolina on Nov. 25 at 1:00 am CT. It will be held at the Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill and will be broadcasted through ESPN.