Derek Dooley is guaranteed a raise heading into his second season.
The Tennessee football coach also cashed in at the end of his first by going to a bowl game.
But whether Dooley will pocket more than the $40,000 bonus he triggered with a trip to the postseason or the $1.9 million he is scheduled to earn according to the six-year contract he signed when he was hired nearly a year ago remains to be seen.
At least one deal is likely to be reworked in the offseason according to a program source not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, with defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox apparently in line for a bigger raise than planned after withdrawing his name from a search for the same job at Texas.
UT athletic director Mike Hamilton didn't respond to requests for comment Wednesday, but he made clear last month that he remains committed to providing financial resources for Dooley and his staff as they rebuild the Vols.
"I think we've shown on more than one occasion that if the head coach needs the resources to compensate coaches, we've been more than willing to do that," Hamilton said last month. "I don't want to talk about specifics.
"If Derek asked me for resources to accommodate coaches, and I would never anticipate he would ask for something that's completely unreasonable, I would try to help him."
Whether UT will add some money for Dooley on the heels of a 6-7 campaign that would have looked better without a controversial loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl is unclear at this point, but his annual compensation is scheduled to increase by $100,000 according to the Memorandum of Understanding he signed last March.
The university also is responsible for the rest of Dooley's buyout at Louisiana Tech by June 1, a total that UT will report at a taxable value of $786,782.
Wilcox is in the middle of a three-year deal worth $625,000 this season, which was widely considered substantially less than what he could have made with the Longhorns, who paid former coordinator and current Florida coach Will Muschamp $900,000 a year ago.
After Dooley, Wilcox was the highest paid member of the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney made $425,000, and linebackers coach Lance Thompson and wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett each earned $375,000.
The rest of the assistants all signed two-year deals with UT worth between $150,000 and $225,000 which would expire at the end of the next season if they aren't renegotiated.