Is no-news good news for Clemson on the N.C. State coaching search front?

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Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris praises left tackle Brandon Thomas for his work during the second quarter at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

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Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris praises left tackle Brandon Thomas for his work during the second quarter at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

It was an unusually quiet Thursday in Raleigh.

After a frantic week that began on Sunday with firing of Tom O'Brien, and by Wednesday had advanced to the point where Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes and Clemson's Chad Morris had been interviewed and reported as frontrunners for the Wolfpack job.

On Wednesday evening N.C. State's board of trustees met and approved the parameters for a compensation package for a new coach, and there was widespread speculation that by Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, State would have its new coach in place.

It didn't happen. Or hasn't happened yet.

The website Pack Insider is reporting that Dykes - a Mike Leach protege and the son of the winningest coach in Texas Tech history - is athletic director Debbie Yow's top choice.

The Raleigh News & Observer places Dykes and Morris atop the list, and says that recruiting ability will be a major factor in the decision.

The Fayetteville Observer speculates that N.C. State's search committee will take the weekend off, and that a decision isn't likely to come before the first of next week. Sources told the newspaper that Yow wants to speak with "two or three" other coaches whose teams are playing this weekend. Northern Illinois' Dave Doeren and Kent State's Darnell Hazell are frequently-mentioned candidates for various openings.

Perhaps just to add a bit of spice to a no-news cycle, the website 'Football Scoop' dropped a vague hint last night about "hearing a rather unexpected twist in the N.C. State search. Path forward for them not clear."

Morris, meanwhile, has been in Florida recruiting the past two days.

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