UT announces football coaches' salaries

Jan. 22, 2009

(UTSports.com) -- The University of Tennessee Athletics Department announced salaries for its new football staff on Thursday.

"Coach Kiffin has done a tremendous job assembling one of the best staffs in the SEC and the country," said Athletics Director Mike Hamilton. "Our funding model requires football to be successful in order to fund other sports and not detract from the University's mission. This team of experienced coaches understands that vision."

Tennessee's football coaching salary pool will be $5.325 million, which ranks fourth compared to 2008 SEC football coaching salary pools. Prior to the coaching change, Tennessee's coaching salary pool for the upcoming season would have been more than $4.7 million.


Lane Kiffin Head Coach $2,000,000

Monte Kiffin Defensive Coordinator $1,200,000*

Ed Orgeron Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line $ 650,000

Jim Chaney Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line $ 380,000

Lance Thompson Linebackers $ 350,000

Eddie Gran Running Backs/Special Teams $ 185,000

James Cregg Tight Ends/Tackles $ 150,000

David Reaves Quarterbacks $ 150,000

Frank Wilson Wide Receivers $ 150,000

Willie Garza Defensive Backs $ 110,000

* Monte Kiffin will also receive a retention bonus of $300,000 on December 31, 2009.

Chaney, Monte Kiffin, Orgeron and Thompson will receive three-year contracts. The other assistant coaches will receive two-year contracts.

"While our coaches' salary model is unique, we feel it is a great model for Tennessee. Coach Kiffin understands the power of putting together a great team and he used the budget we provided to assemble what many will consider to be the best staff in America," added Hamilton.

All assistant coach contracts have liquidated damage clauses that would require the coach to pay the university approximately six months of their total 2009 compensation should they leave for a position equal to or less than their current position.

All funding for the athletics department, including coaches' salaries, is from monies generated by athletics' resources and not from appropriated funding by the state of Tennessee or other university-related revenues.

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