Tennessee is building an NFL-caliber staff, and it still won't hesitate to pay for it.
According to athletic director Mike Hamilton, the Vols agreed to a three-year, $300,000 deal to bring Kippy Brown back to UT as a wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.
The salary represents an upgrade from the $170,000 the Vols were slated to pay Frank Wilson this coming season before he left for LSU; and after sitting out this season after working for the Detroit Lions in 2008, it's surely an improved deal for Brown as well.
The Vols still have one position left to fill, though they're taking their time looking for a replacement for running backs and special teams coach Eddie Gran. Considering the emphasis UT has placed on pro experience, a move might not happen until the NFL season wraps up.