Assistant coaches already guaranteed more money in 2010

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Tennessee’s assistant football coaches are scheduled to earn more than their SEC peers in 2009. That will likely be the case for the near future, too.

Multi-year contracts for UT’s assistant coaches include built-in raises for next season, according to copies of the agreements obtained by the News Sentinel through a state open records request.

UT’s new staff of nine assistants, which will earn $3.325 million in salary this year, is scheduled to earn $3.52 million in 2010. The combined salary for UT’s assistant coaches in 2009 is thought to be the highest in the nation. Meanwhile, first-year head coach Lane Kiffin will earn $2 million.

“We got in this mode where everybody was trying to speculate on were we going to increase, how much were we going to increase (salaries),” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said. “This way we put in just what we believe to be reasonable increases, and it’s already spelled out. There’s not that speculation, particularly as we get out of the gate with a new staff.

“Hopefully, we’ll have the opportunity to give them other increases down the road, due to obviously winning some championships and winning at a high level.”

Five of UT’s coaches will receive $10,000 raises for the 2010 season. Wide receivers coach Frank Wilson is scheduled to receive a $20,000 raise for 2010, and linebackers coach Lance Thompson, the only position coach with a three-year contract, is due a $25,000 raise each of the next two seasons.

Ed Orgeron, who serves as assistant head coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, is the only coach without a built-in raise. Orgeron is scheduled to earn $650,000 each year of his three-year deal.

Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will receive a $100,000 raise to $1.3 million in 2010, however Kiffin’s total compensation will remain at $1.5 million over the length of his three-year contact, factoring in retention bonuses due each December.

Kiffin will make $1.2 million this season, with the potential to collect a $300,000 retention bonus if he remains on staff through Dec. 31. His salary increases each year by $100,000, but his retention bonuses decrease by $100,000, leaving his total compensation at $1.5 million per year if he collects a retention bonus each year.

Orgeron and Kiffin also can earn more if they meet certain performance bonuses.

According to his memorandum of understanding, Kiffin could earn up to $100,000 in bonuses each season if the Vols finish in the top three in SEC or top 10 nationally in any one of five statistical categories.

Kiffin would receive $50,000 each if the Vols reach those benchmarks in scoring defense or total defense. He could earn $20,000 each if UT meets the criteria in pass efficiency defense, rushing defense or passing defense.

For Kiffin, who earned $2.2 million last season as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, those bonuses are cumulative, although he cannot earn more than $100,000 in bonuses in a given season.

“It’s a way to help him with his compensation decrease he took from the Bucs, but at the same time putting some standards out there to achieve in order to get to that,” Hamilton said of Kiffin’s bonus structure.

Orgeron, meanwhile, has the potential to earn $50,000 in bonuses — $25,000 if the Vols finish with a consensus top five recruiting class and another $25,000 if UT’s defensive line leads the SEC in sacks.

No other coaches have bonuses in their deals beyond those for reaching postseason play or winning a championship, as was previously the case.

To protect UT’s investment in its assistant coaches, eight assistants have liquidated damages clauses that would require them to repay a portion of their salary should they leave for a similar position.

Coordinators who become a head coach in Division I or position coaches who leave for a coordinator job that includes play-calling duties would not be subject to the clause.

Kiffin’s contract is the only one that does not include a penalty should he leave Tennessee.

“We expect and hope that Monte will finish his career here, however long that is,” Hamilton said. “I think he wants to coach for quite some time. I think it’s more respect for what he’s accomplished in his career, and we’re proud that he decided to come here and serve as our defensive coordinator. Through discussions we decided that he would not have any liquidated damages.”

The penalty for most coaches is 50 percent of their 2009 salary, while quarterbacks coach David Reaves and tackles and tight ends coach James Cregg would each owe 33 percent of their 2009 salary if they leave for a similar position elsewhere.

“Those are younger guys who are just getting started in their career,” Hamilton said. “You’ve got to try to have balance in all this. You want to have a penalty for them leaving for a lateral job, but it was certainly something that needed to be thought about before they made a decision of that nature and also something that needed to be substantial enough that it would discourage that thought.”

Each of UT’s nine assistant coaches has a memorandum of understanding, which contains major items that will be included in their final contracts.

A memorandum of understanding is still a legally binding agreement, however final contracts are still in the process of being finalized.

Among items to be included in final employment agreements is a clause that requires coaches to notify Hamilton if they are contacted, either formally or informally, about joining the staff at another school or NFL team.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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Comments » 138

1963volfan writes:

pay-em, as long as we win, give-em the bank

BuckheadVol1 writes:

So far, they are earning their keep! Now let's put some Ws in the win column!

hotrodvol writes:

Orgeron, meanwhile, has the potential to earn $50,000 in bonuses — $25,000 if the Vols finish with a consensus top five recruiting class and another $25,000 if UT’s defensive line leads the SEC in sacks.

This is the best one. If these goals are met each year there will be some championships with them. Besides coach O lives for this stuff.

cobbwebb writes:

where did they get these guys, from AIG ?

UTandETSUfan writes:

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If you read the article, those categories are all defensive.... why you may ask? Because its for MONTE, not Lane

StroVol writes:

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You tell em, zippy!!! Get that Lane guy in shape

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

I wonder if UF assistant coaches get bonuses for each time one of their players gets arrested...

StroVol writes:

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You forgot to copy and paste. If you don't have anything ask 987 for something. You guys sound tired

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to hotrodvol:

Orgeron, meanwhile, has the potential to earn $50,000 in bonuses — $25,000 if the Vols finish with a consensus top five recruiting class and another $25,000 if UT’s defensive line leads the SEC in sacks.

This is the best one. If these goals are met each year there will be some championships with them. Besides coach O lives for this stuff.

Right on! I love those kinds of incentives. It's hard to imagine ever struggling again if we can meet those goals, even one in three years. Go Vols!!!

Madkels writes:

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I love the enthusiam, but 2000 post' doesn't do anything for us in the win column this fall. We must beat 'em on the field my friend.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

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You're such a dummy, Biffy. First of all, it's none of your Gator bidness what Tennessee pays their coaches, and secondly, the article doesn't even discuss Lane's contract or salary. It's Monte they're talking about.

Flunking your remedial reading class are you Biffy?

GO VOLS!!!
And GO COACHES!!!
JUGHEAD

blitzshoot writes:

They left out CTown again. Wonder what kind of coin he's banking.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to gatorz2:

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LSU offered him $900K and he turned it down, as USUAL, speak first, think last or not at all!!!
You LOSER!!!

Worry about Crier not STONES
Kiffin

blitzshoot writes:

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Beautiful ORANGE sunset in Florida tonight. Go out and enjoy it. It's almost like the entire state is being flooded by TN orange. Nice isn't it.

blitzshoot writes:

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Headed that way now!

therazbo writes:

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lil-GAY-zzzz2222

rckymtngator writes:

What the article does not cover is how much it will cost to buy Boy Wonder and these clowns out when the NCAA places Tennessee on probation.

As for an orange swarm, there already is a orange swarm in the SEC, its called FLORIDA.

This is a lot of money to finish 4th in the SEC East.

therazbo writes:

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lil-GAY-dummyzzzz2222 - this article is about assistant coaches!!!!!!!

teampenny#658108 writes:

Why do posters on this site keep talking about UF arrests when in the last 10 years former Vols have killed four people in car crashes. Plus the Henry phooey I believe we should keep our mouths shut we can not win this one. Producing pro athletes is not an end all. Go Vols

RJ_Vol writes:

Irregardless of success, this sends the message to any prospective coaches that UT will pay-up. UT is quickly becoming "the place" for quality assistant coaches to be. If we lose an assistant due to normal attrition, there will be more waiting in the wings. We have been around for a while, and are going to be around for a while. It's tough to beat over 100 years of tradition and big money for coaches.

I have been tough on Hamilton in the past. However, he gets major props for the structure of these contracts...very wise, very wise indeed.

TNPilgrim writes:

I still question the value in even responding to these hyenas from florida that continue to butt in to a conversation to which they were not invited. If they had something intelligent to say that would be one thing; but to just show up on a website where they're not wanted in the first place and start yelling stupid, offensive remarks just to attract attention is another. Kind of like pissants and cockroaches at a cookout - don't leave food around and maybe they won't show up.

ColeTrickle writes:

as I said before..again guys you let these trolls ruin this board if you ignore them they will starve and go away. I love to read the articles and scan through the commentary, because sometimes there is some good info like the poster that made the comment about Orgeron's bonuses, but a lot of the rest of it is just basically garbage or wasted space.

therazbo writes:

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cant stand it when someone proves you wrong?

jimr07 writes:

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blah, blah, blah. you just love to see your name on here. if you ran off at the bowels as much as your mlouth, you would be in terrible shape.

mgdchvol writes:

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You have no manners!! Go away!!! Worry about your problems and leave!!!!

mgdchvol writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

What the article does not cover is how much it will cost to buy Boy Wonder and these clowns out when the NCAA places Tennessee on probation.

As for an orange swarm, there already is a orange swarm in the SEC, its called FLORIDA.

This is a lot of money to finish 4th in the SEC East.

Delusional!!!

mgdchvol writes:

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Also delusional!!! Very self centered and uninformed!!!!!

mgdchvol writes:

in response to gatorz2:

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Please take your medication!!! Very sick person!!!!

mgdchvol writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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Hurry!! Take the medication!!! It's never too late to regain control of your facilities!!!!!
Oh yea! I forgot!!!!You are using our facilities because they won't let you use the lizard ones anymore!!!!!

mgdchvol writes:

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You'r on the link!! Now go away!!!!

sidwalkvol writes:

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at this point you are really grabbing, jousting at windmills (the acutal adjective is "quixotic"), sounding not only pitiful but pitiable.

Please show yourself the door.

Slystone writes:

Fellas when you get time go back and look at the last two recruiting classes under Fulmer deleting players that have moved on or were dismissed and look at what Kiffin has assembled for this fall. Keep in mind about 40% of the guys decided not to come here after the change in HC. What he has put together in a short period is pretty impressive on paper.

Oh, on a side note is anyone else getting tired of the Alltel commercial with the 4 idiots in the van about too be dumped into a Waste dumpster. I hate that commercial! They play it like it's the greatest thing ever.

sidwalkvol writes:

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Please.

You are embarrassing yourself whether you can see it or not, still calling the head coach names and making presposterous statements (I think the slow typing is due to the quaaludes you seem to be taking).

Calling Monte and Hamilton liars is more than a secondary violation.

sidwalkvol writes:

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at this point you are really grabbing, jousting at windmills (the acutal adjective is "quixotic"), sounding not only pitiful but pitiable.

Please show yourself the door.

meant "actual," of course.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

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Kiffin will make $1.2 million this season, with the potential to collect a $300,000 retention bonus if he remains on staff through Dec. 31. His salary increases each year by $100,000, but his retention bonuses decrease by $100,000, leaving his total compensation at $1.5 million per year if he collects a retention bonus each year.

Orgeron and Kiffin also can earn more if they meet certain performance bonuses.

According to his memorandum of understanding, Kiffin could earn up to $100,000 in bonuses each season if the Vols finish in the top three in SEC or top 10 nationally in any one of five statistical categories.

Okay Biffy, that's a direct quote from the article. So I'm going to type this real slow so maybe you'll get it this time. I t ' s a b o u t M o n t e ' s s a l a r y. L a n e i s t h e h e a d c o a c h. M o n t e i s a n a s s i s t a n t c o a c h.

Okay? Get it now Biffy? Hope all that thinking doesn't make your head hurt again.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

Botetourtvol writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

What the article does not cover is how much it will cost to buy Boy Wonder and these clowns out when the NCAA places Tennessee on probation.

As for an orange swarm, there already is a orange swarm in the SEC, its called FLORIDA.

This is a lot of money to finish 4th in the SEC East.

Just curious rckymtngator - in your opinion - does your attitude as a Gator fan reflect the attitude of the majority of Gator fans?

VOLFORLIFE writes:

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Nope, didn't blow my stack at all. And you clearly didn't take this round, because you refuse to admit that you actually think the article is talking about a $100,000 bonus for Lane, when it's Monte it's talking about.

And by the way, I've been in heated debates face to face with professionals and never "blew my stack". Don't know what makes you think someone hiding behind a keyboard would make me "blow my stack".

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

VAvolfanRON writes:

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I hear ya.....but, unfortunately I don't see it happening....I am with you though...it would be nice to come on the site.....read the articles and see some informative comments..

Anyhow, I believe the money is well worth it..They have already earned it if you ask me!!!

Down_The_Field writes:

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you may know this but if you'll turn to channel 17 there's a rerun of "queer eye for the straight guy" and urban meyer's the featured guy.

sidwalkvol writes:

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"Lil Lane" is a name, as I have mentioned to you more than once... a nickname, and a derogatory one at that.

As to "liar," when Monte is quoted as saying (as he did in a recent KNS article) that he calls CLK "coach," and you say Monte is the coach, THAT, sir, is a prevarication, if only by inference.

And a preposterous one, at that.

What is your OBSESSION with all Vol things?

Down_The_Field writes:

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"Lil Lane" is a name, as I have mentioned to you more than once... a nickname, and a derogatory one at that.

As to "liar," when Monte is quoted as saying (as he did in a recent KNS article) that he calls CLK "coach," and you say Monte is the coach, THAT, sir, is a prevarication, if only by inference.

And a preposterous one, at that.

What is your OBSESSION with all Vol things?

yep......take that zzzz.......and i'll bet you have no idea what prevarication means.....another reason not to go to uf for your education.

yeavols#228407 writes:

Can you hear it already? Can you hear the haters screaming TENNESSEE is FOUL for actually raising their salaries and getting publicity from it? OH HOW they hate us already by winning the SEC east in basketball and securing a spot in the NCAA tourney..How they hate Kiffin's publicity, how we got a top 10 recruiting class and nabbed the number 1 recruit in the country...OH MY STARS..the hate is flowing..I LOVE IT!! I LOVE IT!! We need more publicity..Keep hating us!! KEEP writing about us!! This is awesome!!

yeavols#228407 writes:

The Wizard of VOLS is kicking butt and we haven't even stepped onto the field yet..can you imagine when we win a game? They won't be able to say " Kiffin hasn't even won a game yet" What will they say next? They will be speechless...

volunteer11 writes:

as long as he keeps workin like this pay him every dime he wants. if he gets us winning championships like he says than it will be worth it. if he doesnt do good he probly wont get another job

yeavols#228407 writes:

GATORS IN A PANIC...CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP( Hitting the alarm system) THIS IS ABSOULTELY INCREDIBLE..I LOVE IT...CALLING ALL GATORS TO OUR SITE..We want to see you PANIC MODE!! COME ONE COME ALL!! HURRY and hit the panic button...Let's see you melt down...

gohawks1 writes:

z2's reptile dysfunction is acting up again.

DLuckySeven writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

What the article does not cover is how much it will cost to buy Boy Wonder and these clowns out when the NCAA places Tennessee on probation.

As for an orange swarm, there already is a orange swarm in the SEC, its called FLORIDA.

This is a lot of money to finish 4th in the SEC East.

Maybe Gators can go far in the ncaa lets check the brackets. What not even in the dance. So sorry go into your corner and cry like the queer that you are!!! Watch real basketball tournament with the top 65 teams in the country. Sorry Gators are not a top 65 team but Alabama State is LOL

Ironcity writes:

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Are you afraid UF will be asking for an increase from the Alumni? Oh wait, a loser like you couldn't even get into any SEC school much less graduate.

yeavols#228407 writes:

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Right on dude..this is freakin awesome...

dvhill100 writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Irregardless of success, this sends the message to any prospective coaches that UT will pay-up. UT is quickly becoming "the place" for quality assistant coaches to be. If we lose an assistant due to normal attrition, there will be more waiting in the wings. We have been around for a while, and are going to be around for a while. It's tough to beat over 100 years of tradition and big money for coaches.

I have been tough on Hamilton in the past. However, he gets major props for the structure of these contracts...very wise, very wise indeed.

Agreed. It takes money to make money. If you want the best talent, then you have to pay for it or someone else will. Everyone wants to make a big deal out of the money we have paid the asst. coaches, yet we are fourth in the SEC in total pay compensation. LK was brilliant and understands what he wants to do. He took a pay cut to get the best. That is unselfish and he has demonstrated in the most concrete way he wants success for both himself and the university.

I think he has made some minor PR mistakes that the press has blown all out of proportion. He has also kept UT football players off the police blotter, hired a talented staff, gotten the team in the best shape it has been since the 1998 team, brought in a top 10 recruiting class despite being only able to recruit for a few months, and have run a well organized, upbeat tempo practice.

I think Hamilton, who I have not been a huge fan of, has show he isn't afraid to hire outside the box. So far he looks like everything he has done as far as choosing coaches is working.

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