Dooley's pay raise remains unclear

Wilcox's deal likely to be reworked

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.

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AHoffman writes:

A pay raise for a coach who has never had a winning season ... ?

VolfanClinton writes:

You have got to be kidding ???? Better coached team under Kiffin !!

JDub82 writes:

I don't think anyone needs a raise, just pay them the compensation that they have already contracted to. If that includes a bonus for making a bowl, then so be it.

FWBVol writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

You have got to be kidding ???? Better coached team under Kiffin !!

I don't believe they were a better coached team under Kiffin so much as they were an older, more veteran team under Kiffin.

Kiffin didn't have to start four offensive linemen that had never made a college start before this year, or a quarterback that had never taken a snap in a SEC game.

Monte's defense had arguably the best defensive back in UT history, and Berry isn't the best DB to ever wear the Orange, he's in the top three.

Last year Kiffin had a team with two players that were picked in the first round. Maybe, just maybe Denarius Moore might have put himself in position to be picked at the end of the first round, but it's more like that Moore and Luke Stocker will go in the second or third rounds.

People point out that CDD doesn't have an overall winning record and didn't have a winning record this year, well, IMO, he has been willing to take tough jobs at La Tech and Tennessee. I believe this team did improve and will be better in the years to come thanks to the foundations he laid this year.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Vandy can consistently count to two or even three in a good year.
You can only count to 9 as it is impossible to count to 10 with your thumb up your a**.

rkw2 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Vandy football players can count to 11...as in number of losses in a season, year in and year out. Getting a raise for a losing season? Vandy coaches do that year in and year out, too!

bobbytodd writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

You have got to be kidding ???? Better coached team under Kiffin !!

Same season both years and Dooley did it with much less......and had to clean up the mess kif left behind.

tmartin writes:

A pay raise for what??? Was he not contracted to rebuild the program and win championships? WTH does he need a raise when he hasnt yet accomplished any goals?

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Wrong again, dumba**. The reason we dog Vandy is because YOU are on here, not because we think that we have sunk to Vandy's level. If anything, beating Vandy has become more enjoyable because you consistently run your piehole. Beating Vandy has been a UT tradition for longer than you have been wasting valuable space. Get over yourself.

volsbandit writes:

He doesn't need a raise yet.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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Bust out the cash for what??? Who wants a coach who had a 6-7 season? I could have coached the Vols to that record.
Is 1.9 million not enough for a coach who had a losing season? How much does it take? How much is enough?
Hamilton has brought the University of Tennessee to below mediocrity. We have a football team with a losing season. A basketball team that is the laughing stock of the SEC and a baseball team coached by a guy who could not win a pee wee league.
Why not hire Ronald McDonald to be our new mascot?

The University of Tennessee sports program has become a freaking JOKE!!

PEYDAY writes:

Give dooley what was agreed to in the contract, including any bonuses. Wilcox can have his raise since he showed some loyalty to UT - something that was not shown by the majority of the last staff. No big deal really... Do you think this $ amount really makes any difference in the entire athletic budget? UT can raise prices on smokey dogs again and cover the difference in 3-4 games.

Voluvr writes:

6-7 (8-5) with 50% of the travel squad Freshmen in the SEC. Many of you fail to see the depth of the whole thing. Dooley has the right stuff, the ability, the brains, the integrity, and the drive to win big. This year we had no depth for the 3 freshmen OL. Within 3 weeks were looking at 2 deep and 3 in one position on the OL. Fortunately, Ham isn't coming to you guys for advice. Pay the man........Why didn't I go into coaching anyway?

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Ah yes, more comments from those who know nothing about football, always entertainment to be found on govols.com!

Voluvr writes:

The increasing presence of Lopers....evidence that we're on the right track!

britt writes:

Well i think he definetly earned his money this year but why get a raise. I think 6-6 was what most of us were expecting this season. Maybe im old school but i dont understand all the people who sign a contract one year then try to renegotiate the next year. Why not just make a contract full of incentive clauses to help motivate them

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to AHoffman:

A pay raise for a coach who has never had a winning season ... ?

okay my only comment is that this comment is incorrect. 2008 8-5 with a bowl victory. Never say never...

usnavyvol writes:

2 seconds away from 8-5..Not saying a raise is in order, but if you want to build a championship u need a foundation and running thru coaches like a hot knife thru butter is not the answer. Sad fact when the fans are bashing a coach after 1 year....Kinda like the right to vote, if you dont' vote u cant complain. We had no say so in the hire, so STFU and support this team as best u can. Trolls are trolls...fans are fans..Act like you've been there.

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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I agree that the results were better than anyone expected..I mean reasonably expected. A team that was picked 5th in the east and to win 3-4 games and was left with the cupboard VERY bare. Finished tied for 3rd and 6 wins. The raise I'm not sure about but the future has all the potential to be very bright.

Afghan_Vol writes:

I don't know that Dooley should be getting any more raises than what is already called for by contract. That's no slam against him, per se. If he can improve from this year then maybe next year he gets a raise. I would say 9-3 next year would definitely be raise worthy.

Bigger_Al writes:

Free Markets speak. We need the continuity. Now more than ever.

tennezz writes:

in response to Voluvr:

6-7 (8-5) with 50% of the travel squad Freshmen in the SEC. Many of you fail to see the depth of the whole thing. Dooley has the right stuff, the ability, the brains, the integrity, and the drive to win big. This year we had no depth for the 3 freshmen OL. Within 3 weeks were looking at 2 deep and 3 in one position on the OL. Fortunately, Ham isn't coming to you guys for advice. Pay the man........Why didn't I go into coaching anyway?

+100

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Of course you do. Get off your glutes and go do something that makes an employer other than your current one want to pay you 50% more than you make now. You will be amazed at the results.

kyletrktr writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

You have got to be kidding ???? Better coached team under Kiffin !!

oh no you didn't!!! (in a crazy big lady kinda voice who just figured out you ate her last morning doughnut)... I don't completely agree with giving them a raise either, but you didn't just cross the line, you flew over the line with a pair of Army stealth bombers on a mission to divide our already injured fan base... haha probably overkill, but the k-word shouldn't have been brought up... agreed?

kyletrktr writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

Vandy can consistently count to two or even three in a good year.
You can only count to 9 as it is impossible to count to 10 with your thumb up your a**.

you just made me laugh... hard... real hard

vol_till_i_die writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

You have got to be kidding ???? Better coached team under Kiffin !!

can't forget that Kiffin had an experienced team, and a team of thugs.

FWBVol writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Hey Sabador,

There is nothing RELEVANT about your posts. If you're a Vandy grad with your constant spelling and punctuation errors then maybe Vandy isn't the Ivy League university of the SEC that some people say it is.

Dooley, in a bad year, playing three freshmen offensive linemen and breaking in two QBs that had never played a SEC game, still had Vandy's number and came close to pulling off a win against LSU.

The real question is will the newest boy blunder in Nashville achieve 11 wins any quicker than most Vandy coaches? On average it takes a Vandy coach about 4 to 4 1/2 years to win 11 games. The only thing Vanderbilt knows about good football is they see other teams play it.

TSCinSFO writes:

I'd say cut $750K from his bonuses or salary budgets because that is what it cost to buy out UNC so that Dooley can say he has an extra W after next season. If you look at our non-conf schedule, it looks more like Vandy or Ky than traditional UT. UT has ALWAYS prided themseleves on playing at least 1 very good non-conf game, but this is embarrassing. If Dooley wants more $$$, tell him no or let him quit. There isn't 1 top tier program that will come looking for him. UT was desperate to hire him and until he PROVES he can beat a team(s) better than UT I will always think that way. His recruiting sure hasn't impressed me either.

gnm53108 writes:

Coach Chaney needs his contract reworked.After this past year his payday is due.He should be making atleast as much as coach Wilcox.

CCLC writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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then go to work for Wall Street.
just sayin'

CCLC writes:

in response to Voluvr:

6-7 (8-5) with 50% of the travel squad Freshmen in the SEC. Many of you fail to see the depth of the whole thing. Dooley has the right stuff, the ability, the brains, the integrity, and the drive to win big. This year we had no depth for the 3 freshmen OL. Within 3 weeks were looking at 2 deep and 3 in one position on the OL. Fortunately, Ham isn't coming to you guys for advice. Pay the man........Why didn't I go into coaching anyway?

If it were that easy ...everyone would do it.
just sayin'

kevin151 writes:

Coach Dooley needs some time but I do not think a raise is already deserved

doh writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You are an idiot. UT was decimated by the amount to players that kiffen ran off. In a few years UT will be back. Your problem is you dont have that optimism for football. IDIOT

imw8n4u writes:

What is the point of signing a 6 year contract with built in raises if it still gets renogotiated every year? BTW - this has nothing to do with free market and everything to do with keeping up with the Joneses. If these salaries weren't made public they would be no where near what they are today. Why do you think every other company in the world makes it seem like if you disclose your salary they will fire you? They don't want you comparing what you make to co-workers because they know that would cause a spiraling effect.

silentmajority writes:

Goodgoshamighty!

A bonus for what?

He desereves a one--way bus ticket back to LA, or wherever he came from. Make it two - send hamilton packing along with him!

Before he goes, mebbe we should do hamilton a favor. Enroll him, tuition-free, in UT's Econ 101. Oh, wait - he might not have the prerequisites.

Oh, that bowl-win ning coup. What was the name of that bowl, again? Next year, mebbe they should cook up a Mush Bowl, and let UT play Gresham Middle School, or sumpn like that.

The state of UT sports is terrible, and the paying of such huge salaries is obscene.

NashvillePreds writes:

Dooley won the games he had to win. I don't really see the necessity of giving him more cash.

As for the vandy girl, she's a joke. I would recommed just skipping any comment she makes.

Think back in school, when you just had to avoid the annoying kids that you knew weren't going anywhere.

CCLC writes:

62. Tennessee (6-7)
BUZZ: The Vols lost two games this season they thought they had won. The Music City Bowl loss to North Carolina surely brought back memories of the regular-season setback against LSU.

jrobi124 writes:

I think CDD and wilcox needs a pay raise. If we dont pay him (wilcox)then he we get hire where they will pay him his worth.You trolls need to go somewhere else this coach staff did a real good job this year we have a young team with a lot of talent support them now not when you want to be on the bandwagon.

orangeman1 writes:

Dooley might get it together in the future, but 7 losses at UT doesnt warrant a pay raise imo. People bring up NC and LSU , but forget about UAB. UT beat the teams they shoud've beat this year, but to say he exceeded expectations is taking it a little too far imo. Next year will be a pivotal year for him. Expectations will be higher so I say wait until after next year to see how he does. It would look bad for Hamilton to give him a raise then UT not improve their record. I think they should win 7 or 8 next year, but by year 3 we better be competing for SEC championships cause thats what UT fans expect. Well, actually they expect to win them, but I'm not as unrealistic as some fans.

jobrando#216494 writes:

I support a pay raise but not a contract extension until after next years result are in. I'm not sure another season like this one (that was expected) will go over next year. This staff must win seven next year. I see most predict them to finish 8th next year in the SEC. Another 6-6 season. This has got to be a good recruiting class for them to survive another 6-6.

dvhill100 writes:

One year on the job with a very young/inexperienced team and people are bashing him. The team played better and improved from the start to the finish. The only really bad game was GA. Even that gets a pass coming on the heels of the LSU fiasco.

It used to be 5 years for a coach to produce, now everyone wants instant gratification. Give him a fair chance. If we aren't in the running for at least the division championship in year three, then fine, have at him. Bashing him after one year with a short roster in beyond dumb.

volunteers4life writes:

I believe that the majority of the posters on here are either the same moron posting under multiple aliases (the Vandy crackpot) or simply clueless about what is going in the football program currently.

Recruiting-wise, we are bringing in an excellent class of extremely smart and athletic players, primarily on the lines. We didn't need as many skill position players this year, so yeah our Scout or Rivals star ratings are not #1 in the SEC. You cannot legitimately recruit 5-6 OLine and Dline players and expect to have an abundance of 4 and 5 star players.

There are only so many of these players in the entire country to begin with at each position, to expect to recruit only 4 & 5's at one single position when you are bringing in 4-6 players at that position is ridiculous! Add in the fact that this year there were many less overall 4's and 5's than in previous years due to the rating services tightening up, and purposely giving fewer stars altogether. On top of all this, you must consider the impact from the fact that your home state produces minimal D1 talent to begin with, meaning most of the 4's and 5's out there grew up cheering for our primary recruiting competition such as FL, Fl. St., UM, AL, LSU, Texas, ND and USC, we start every year out at a disadvantage. Please recall that this has been one of the primary reasons we have had soo much difficulty replacing CPF with a big name coach, because many of the top coaching prospects understand that recruiting to TN requires that every year, they will be required to snatch the best players away from their home state schools in order for us to be competitive, not to mention our (fans) extremely high expectations of competing for NC's each year. A couple of kids swing a different direction and suddenly the entire state is calling for you to be ran out of town on a rail! At least by coaching in LA, FL, TX, or CA, you could miss on all of your top targets in the state, signing only the players that weren't recruited by the big schools and you'd still be able to field a potentially competitive team talent-wise.

Jeez, some of our 3 star recruits will turn out better than probably most of the 4's or 5's in this entire class anyway. Worley broke every passing record in SC or NC, cant remember which and was still only rated a 3 star. Rating services are ignorant anyway. Let's just hope CDD and Co. are better evaluators of talent than any of us that post on this site.

Go VOLS!

gnm53108 writes:

in response to AlvinToles:

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Yep.

FarmerVol writes:

in response to tennezz:

+100

You didn't go into coaching probably for the same reason many of us didn't. The average Joe Sixpak - you had to have a teaching certificate just to get started in HS and the pay for beginning teachers when I was thinking about it (1970) was $750 a month for 9 months, or thereabouts. Coaching paid a few extra bucks, during the months actual coached. Then there is the waiting time to get the HC job. Years normally unless you are lucky, mobile or both. Jus saying.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to volunteers4life:

I believe that the majority of the posters on here are either the same moron posting under multiple aliases (the Vandy crackpot) or simply clueless about what is going in the football program currently.

Recruiting-wise, we are bringing in an excellent class of extremely smart and athletic players, primarily on the lines. We didn't need as many skill position players this year, so yeah our Scout or Rivals star ratings are not #1 in the SEC. You cannot legitimately recruit 5-6 OLine and Dline players and expect to have an abundance of 4 and 5 star players.

There are only so many of these players in the entire country to begin with at each position, to expect to recruit only 4 & 5's at one single position when you are bringing in 4-6 players at that position is ridiculous! Add in the fact that this year there were many less overall 4's and 5's than in previous years due to the rating services tightening up, and purposely giving fewer stars altogether. On top of all this, you must consider the impact from the fact that your home state produces minimal D1 talent to begin with, meaning most of the 4's and 5's out there grew up cheering for our primary recruiting competition such as FL, Fl. St., UM, AL, LSU, Texas, ND and USC, we start every year out at a disadvantage. Please recall that this has been one of the primary reasons we have had soo much difficulty replacing CPF with a big name coach, because many of the top coaching prospects understand that recruiting to TN requires that every year, they will be required to snatch the best players away from their home state schools in order for us to be competitive, not to mention our (fans) extremely high expectations of competing for NC's each year. A couple of kids swing a different direction and suddenly the entire state is calling for you to be ran out of town on a rail! At least by coaching in LA, FL, TX, or CA, you could miss on all of your top targets in the state, signing only the players that weren't recruited by the big schools and you'd still be able to field a potentially competitive team talent-wise.

Jeez, some of our 3 star recruits will turn out better than probably most of the 4's or 5's in this entire class anyway. Worley broke every passing record in SC or NC, cant remember which and was still only rated a 3 star. Rating services are ignorant anyway. Let's just hope CDD and Co. are better evaluators of talent than any of us that post on this site.

Go VOLS!

You say recruiting rating services are ignorant but the facts show something else. Oregon and Alabama had 8 two star together. The number of 3 and 4 star were about even. They each had a few 5 star. It would appear the recruiting services are doing something right. The recruiing services (rivals/Scout) seem to be right in line with what the coaches see when they make their decision about a recruit.

VOLfaninGAland writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Based on your comment, it makes me wonder if you have a job. CDD did a very good job with a young and inexperienced team, give him a couple of more years and we will be Tennessee again (or getting close). If Dooley was able to negotiate a raise with a winning or loosing season, them good for him. Based on the comments of most the posters here, sounds like you all did a poor job negotiating your contracts, sounds like jealously to me. GO VOLS and CDD

mtowntim writes:

5 million to Mack Brown for taking the Longhorns to a 5-7 (2-6) season.

4 million to Urban for leading Florida to 8-5 (4-4) season. With the talent those programs have?

$1.9 million with $100,000 annual increases and a $40,000 bonus for making it to a bowl. Are you kidding me?

With the mess he walked into and the job he has done with WAY LESS talent?

And some of you still think WE are getting screwed…wow.

givehim6 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

Bust out the cash for what??? Who wants a coach who had a 6-7 season? I could have coached the Vols to that record.
Is 1.9 million not enough for a coach who had a losing season? How much does it take? How much is enough?
Hamilton has brought the University of Tennessee to below mediocrity. We have a football team with a losing season. A basketball team that is the laughing stock of the SEC and a baseball team coached by a guy who could not win a pee wee league.
Why not hire Ronald McDonald to be our new mascot?

The University of Tennessee sports program has become a freaking JOKE!!

OK then go rout for another team! What people seem to for get is this, CDD took over a football team in ruins. To many coaching changes had just been jilted by the last coach. Had to play a team that was at least 50% freshmen and play a schedule that would make a lot of coaches go screaming in to the night! He is trying to bring the team out off a pit back to where they once was. We all knew this would not be a over night fix. As for the baseball comment, well I agree. Basketball the way I see jury still out till the end of the season. As for Hamilton, he is not the worst but definitely not the best. Think we should promote Pat then let her first job be find a new women's BB coach. then find a new baseball coach.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Really? Tell me, which games did you think we could've won that we didn't? We were supposed to get shellacked in Baton Rouge; only a mental meltdown prevented that game from being won. Bama, too good; Oregon--national runner up; Florida--I think if we had played them later in the season, we would've beat them; USCe--they won the East; UGA--not much to say about that one.

Dooley won the games he was expected to win. He did so w/ a freshman QB and several freshman O-Lineman; rebuilding w/ a young team is one thing; rebuilding w/a young team and a new coach in his first season at a big-time FB school is quite another..

IMO, he did the best with what he had; and, he'll have better next year. Of course, I'm sure you could've done so much better. Give the guy a chance!

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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No one on here's given up. We're merely pointing out how stupid your posts are when you come on here and trash our team and our coach (BTW, I don't even know who the hell coaches Candybilt's football team now; can't name him!); meanwhile, your team turns in season after season of double-digit losses, rotates coaches in and out faster than a Vanderbilt cheerleader on a Friday night, and only packs a stadium when other schools come with about 25-30,000 of their OWN fans!! So, really, with all due respect, STFU!!!

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