N.C. State's football search committee is poised to make a move on a coaching hire, armed with a fat checkbook after the school's board of trustees set out parameters for the new coach's contract in a meeting last night in Raleigh.
During the one-hour meeting, names of prospective coaches were not discussed, N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson told WRAL-TV.
"The process that we are using here is designed for us to be as quick about this as possible - it's a very competitive market. We feel like we have the opportunity to close this very quickly."
It has been widely reported that N.C. State officials interviewed both Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes on Wednesday.
Either would realize a significant pay raise by taking the N.C. State job, which is expected to may in excess of $2 million per year.
Morris, who is now wrapping up his second season at Clemson and his third as a college assistant, is the nation's highest paid assistant coach, with a compensation package of $1.3 million per year.
Dykes reportedly makes $760,200 per year as head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Louisiana Tech leads the nation in scoring and total offense this season, while Clemson ranks in the top eight in both categories. Morris' offense rolled up 62 points in N.C. State's defense in the teams' meeting two weeks ago at Death Valley.