UT's coaching pay middle of pack

Nick Saban still makes more than combined Vols staff

Much like the majority of their competition in the SEC, Derek Dooley and his staff of assistants will be cashing bigger checks in 2011.

With a handful of contractually obligated and merit-based raises, Dooley’s staff at Tennessee will earn a combined $5.175 million this season, according to figures released by UT on Thursday. That’s a $750,000 jump from Dooley’s inaugural season, but is still $450,000 short of what Lane Kiffin and his staff earned in 2009.

Overall, the Vols fall into the middle of the pack among SEC teams. Alabama coach Nick Saban, alone, will make more than the Vols’ entire coaching staff, while defending national champion Auburn recently announced raises for coach Gene Chizik and his staff that lifted its payroll beyond $7.5 million.

As was originally agreed upon when he replaced Kiffin, Dooley had his salary jump from $1.8 million to $1.9 million in the second year of his six-year deal. With coaches such as South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen earning significant raises during the offseason, Dooley is now one of the lowest-paid coaches in the SEC.

Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, whose flirtation with Texas for the same position prompted a brief distraction during Music City Bowl preparations at the end of last season, will earn the most among Dooley’s assistants for the second consecutive year.

His original three-year deal called for him to earn $625,000 in 2011, but he will instead take home $700,000.

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, whose name was tossed around for the opening at LSU during the offseason, received a similar pay bump, going from $425,000 in 2010 to $525,000 in 2011.

Part of offensive line coach Harry Hiestand’s salary is no longer supplemented by his former employer, the NFL’s Chicago Bears, so the Vols are now covering the entire tab. UT paid Hiestand $200,000 last season, but are now responsible for all $475,000 of his salary.

UT’s two multi-tasking coaches received similar, $50,000 pay raises.

Tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Eric Russell’s salary went from $200,000 to $250,000, while secondary coach/recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph now earns $225,000.

Through clauses preordained in their respective contracts, wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett and defensive line coach Lance Thompson each received $25,000 raises. Both coaches will take home $400,000 in their second year as a Dooley assistant.

Quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw’s salary will remain the same at $150,000. Linebackers coach Peter Sirmon, who was a graduate assistant on last year’s staff, will earn $150,000 as well.

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orangeman1 writes:

Almost 2 million seems like alot , and its hard to believe that he is the lowest paid in the SEC. But it looks like the assistants are making pretty good money if overall the staff is middle of the pack. I hope Dooley will be one of the top paid in the SEC in a couple of years though.
Go Vols.

LiveFaith writes:

Mid pack is 2 where our FB is too. Sounds @ right.

FWBVol writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Almost 2 million seems like alot , and its hard to believe that he is the lowest paid in the SEC. But it looks like the assistants are making pretty good money if overall the staff is middle of the pack. I hope Dooley will be one of the top paid in the SEC in a couple of years though.
Go Vols.

It doesn't say that CDD is the lowest paid, it says he is one of the lowest paid. I'd imagine the Vandy guy makes less and Joker Phillips at Kentucky is in the same pay class as CDD.

pingkr62 writes:

Give D.D. and his staff time, soon they will be at or near the top! GO VOLS!!!!!!

orangeman1 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

It doesn't say that CDD is the lowest paid, it says he is one of the lowest paid. I'd imagine the Vandy guy makes less and Joker Phillips at Kentucky is in the same pay class as CDD.

Ahhh. I misread it. Mullens might have earned some more for doing well last year though. They won 9 games and beat Georgia, Fla, and Michigan. Thats pretty impressive. Certainly J Phillips is getting paid less and definately Vandy so he's probably 9th or 10th. But like I said Dooley can hit the jackpot if he can just get UT back to the level they were in the 90's. I would love for him to be the top paid coach in the SEC.

FWBVol writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Ahhh. I misread it. Mullens might have earned some more for doing well last year though. They won 9 games and beat Georgia, Fla, and Michigan. Thats pretty impressive. Certainly J Phillips is getting paid less and definately Vandy so he's probably 9th or 10th. But like I said Dooley can hit the jackpot if he can just get UT back to the level they were in the 90's. I would love for him to be the top paid coach in the SEC.

I understand...I think all of us misread something at one time or another whether we want to admit it or not.

I agree that Derek Dooley can jump into the upper pay tier in the SEC if he does what we hope he will.

DannyVol writes:

in response to LiveFaith:

Mid pack is 2 where our FB is too. Sounds @ right.

"LiveFaith," huh? Dooley has one season under his belt where he had to overcome a bunch of different problems which he had no hand in creating. Change your name, dude. Thankfully, you and the other loser naysayers on this board represent a small fraction of UT fans.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to LiveFaith:

Mid pack is 2 where our FB is too. Sounds @ right.

Your grammar is less tham acceptable

gc_scvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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You, Sir, need to find another polace to vent your frustrations from an evidentally miserable existance.

The_Real_Orange writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Your grammar is less tham acceptable

The correction police misspell a word......now that's funny!!!

SummittsCourt writes:

Fire hammy! oh, never mind... just used to posting that when his bad "dealings" came to light.

He was such a bad AD, how did he last 8 years?

gc_scvol writes:

Well excuuuuuuuuse me A#@ H%!!

VOLliven2it writes:

SHOW ME THE MONEY! That seems to be the mantra for coaches these days. We are having to make room for all the payouts of coaches who are gone.
So it may take awhile to pay our coaches better. My guess is if we do not up the pay we will have our assistants only for short times and what will that do for our program?

Willis writes:

71 DAYS TILL FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!

VolzsFan writes:

When you hire....correction...have an AD that is such a national joke that no coach with a good situation will return his call, you get coaches that need a job or need a break. That is what Hammy turned what Phil built into, the place for unemployed or losing mid major coaches to surface. That is what we have had and that is why they are paid at the bottom. The great Hall of Famer is the only hope to get this car out of the ditch and get it close to where he had it.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

MOneymoneyMohhhhnay!!!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to wallandhiker:

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I agree. The top player in the state (Brian Kimbrow) just picked Vandy over UT. Alabama, UGA, LSU, Ark, perhaps that's understandable. But Derrick Dooley, you just lost the state's top player to VANDERBILT! Sorry folks, but that's a tough pill to swallow.

tmartin writes:

You get what you pay for!

gc_scvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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You get my drift.....

Orange_Scooter writes:

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lafollette37766 writes:

The salaries are fine. If one wants coaching talent one has to pay for it. The problem is when this talent breaks the rules, resign (get fired in other words) and get these wartime buyouts.

BamaVol writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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Give Lame 2 or 3 more years and USC want even have a football program.

rockytop4ever writes:

in response to LiveFaith:

Mid pack is 2 where our FB is too. Sounds @ right.

huh?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Tweetdriver63:

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Apparantly winning, going to a bowl,playing in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, and being on TV arent priorities for him.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Tweetdriver63:

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Dude, get over yourself. The #1 player in the state who runs a 4.3 40 and was a TOP PRIORITY for UT just picked Vandy over UT. That's really all there is to it. James Franklin just spanked Dooley and you can't admit it.

What if it were Fulmer losing the top instate kid to Vandy? People would be jumping off bridges round here. Bottom line is, Dooley can't be blamed for the hand he was initially dealt when coming to UT. But losing top instate guys like Golden Tate, Alex Bullard, and Will Jackson had a lot to do with Fulmer's decline IMO. If you are Dooley, you have to get these guys. It's not the end of the world, but it's NOTHING to make light of either IMO.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

Kimbrow committed? Thought he was announcing next week!

lafollette37766 writes:

Maybe Kimbrow chose Vandy over U T because of what the NCAA may do to the football program. He may feel as though he can help Vandy go to a bowl game whereas there more than likely want be a post-season for U T football at least this year maybe next, thanks to Lame Brain Kiffy.

VolAlum03ISBACK (Inactive) writes:

in response to Tweetdriver63:

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Nick Saban's salary was $4 million a year, but it was also the highest single coaching salary in the country at that time. I think Bama would say that it was money well spent. UT, on the other hand, is convinced that spending money on facilities instead of proven coaching talent will somehow generate championships.

VolAlum03ISBACK (Inactive) writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

SHOW ME THE MONEY! That seems to be the mantra for coaches these days. We are having to make room for all the payouts of coaches who are gone.
So it may take awhile to pay our coaches better. My guess is if we do not up the pay we will have our assistants only for short times and what will that do for our program?

Welcome to capitalism. It makes my brain hurt that people like you seem to think that coaches should just work for the "pride" of whatever university happens to employ them. It is a BUSINESS. It is a multi-million dollar a year BUSINESS. In BUSINESS you either pay for talent or talent goes somewhere else. UT's problem is that it either can't or won't pay talented coaches.

As for paying our assistants more...why? Who came calling for them last year? Wilcox was the ONLY assistant that was even mentioned in a coaching search and most of the hype surrounding him was from his Boise State days. How about we wait for the assistant coaches to actually produce something before we worry about them running off to greener pastures. Hell, for most of them, UT is the greenest pasture that they will ever see.

manniesghost1903 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Dude, get over yourself. The #1 player in the state who runs a 4.3 40 and was a TOP PRIORITY for UT just picked Vandy over UT. That's really all there is to it. James Franklin just spanked Dooley and you can't admit it.

What if it were Fulmer losing the top instate kid to Vandy? People would be jumping off bridges round here. Bottom line is, Dooley can't be blamed for the hand he was initially dealt when coming to UT. But losing top instate guys like Golden Tate, Alex Bullard, and Will Jackson had a lot to do with Fulmer's decline IMO. If you are Dooley, you have to get these guys. It's not the end of the world, but it's NOTHING to make light of either IMO.

Well Dude apparently you scoooped ESPN, Scout,Rivals and Vandy's own website. I suppose you are psychic (or is Fisic or just plain sic) powers. No one else seems to know t. Let us see, the signing date for football recruits is in February 2012 and this is June 24th 2011. A lot could happen between now and then. We just might have an earthquake that swallows up Dudley Field and Jessie James Memorial Gym, so don;t hold your breath.

Personally, I like the running back at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. He has been a horse since his Freshman year and has played against some pretty good competitiion. How do you like those apples, Dude!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to manniesghost1903:

Well Dude apparently you scoooped ESPN, Scout,Rivals and Vandy's own website. I suppose you are psychic (or is Fisic or just plain sic) powers. No one else seems to know t. Let us see, the signing date for football recruits is in February 2012 and this is June 24th 2011. A lot could happen between now and then. We just might have an earthquake that swallows up Dudley Field and Jessie James Memorial Gym, so don;t hold your breath.

Personally, I like the running back at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. He has been a horse since his Freshman year and has played against some pretty good competitiion. How do you like those apples, Dude!

Mathers is a better all around back. I hope we get him too.

manniesghost1903 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Mathers is a better all around back. I hope we get him too.

Good reply. I'm no longer angry.

tedstryker1980 writes:

I hope Dooley succeeds but currently his resume doesn't command a salary larger than what he is making. In fact I think he is d@mn lucky to be getting almost 2 million a yr with one winning season and 3 losing seasons under his belt as a head coach. Were it not for his last name I doubt he would even be in the position he is. Saban has multiple SEC and national championships. When Dooley can say the same I am all for paying him in similar fashion. Until then I think his pay is more than commensurate with his track record. Let's hope he does it.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to manniesghost1903:

Good reply. I'm no longer angry.

He hasn't announced, I was just told he was a silent to Vandy. He and 4-5 other solid in-state guys are supposed to announce publicly next week. And yes, Mathers is a flat out horse! If you watch his video, he kind of looks like Jamal Lewis when he breaks a long one, the way he tilts his head back. By no means am I comparing him to Jamal, but his vision and acceleration are filthy. He's also a fantastic kick returner, and plays in the toughest district in the state. Actually plays in one of the tougher districts in the nation. Getting Mathers would be a slam dunk.

OwensboroVol writes:

I live in Kentucky so I am unable to observe open practices like those who live in Knoxville can. However, My gut feeling is that we are really getting a bargain from our coaches. I believe these guys are coaching their fannies off just to keep us in some games. I don't think we are going to see the fruits of their labor this year, but look out SEC for the next. I believe that we will have a very successful year in 2012 and that there will be many awards headed the way of our coaching staff.

HallowedHill writes:

Here's a great article on two VOLS.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011...

GO VOLS!

snoopbob87 writes:

UT Administration tells us they are a 1st class org but pays below average for the league? I don't like what I am seeing from UT. Also, our football players are slower, smaller, not as athletic as the best of the SEC. We are behind the other teams in being competitive. Bama called of the dogs last year or they would have beaten us 60 to zip. Our coach is not able to bring in the talent we need to win 8, 9, or 10 games a year. He is out of his league and overmatched by Saban and Miles. We could win seven games this year and still be the 11th of 12 teams in the SEC.

MitchelCrass writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Almost 2 million seems like alot , and its hard to believe that he is the lowest paid in the SEC. But it looks like the assistants are making pretty good money if overall the staff is middle of the pack. I hope Dooley will be one of the top paid in the SEC in a couple of years though.
Go Vols.

i hope he earns his money!! i don't know about you but i'm tired of losing more than we win!! i really hate that they give raises before we've won anything. i think coaches pay should be strictly inncentive based.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Dude, get over yourself. The #1 player in the state who runs a 4.3 40 and was a TOP PRIORITY for UT just picked Vandy over UT. That's really all there is to it. James Franklin just spanked Dooley and you can't admit it.

What if it were Fulmer losing the top instate kid to Vandy? People would be jumping off bridges round here. Bottom line is, Dooley can't be blamed for the hand he was initially dealt when coming to UT. But losing top instate guys like Golden Tate, Alex Bullard, and Will Jackson had a lot to do with Fulmer's decline IMO. If you are Dooley, you have to get these guys. It's not the end of the world, but it's NOTHING to make light of either IMO.

Your logic is lacking. If he chose Vandy over UT it also means he chose them over Alabama, Florida, LSU, etc.

OrangePride writes:

Here is a fact...no coach ever gets all the top kids in his state or on his wish list. As a number of people have posted, there are a lot of things that make kids choose one school over another. Unfortunately, our sub-championship seasons over the last 3 years, along with our coaching merry-go-round, has impacted our recruiting and Dooley has had to try and overcome that. I would LOVE to see us get the Mathers kid if Kimbrow ultimately decides Vandy is a better spot for him. Bottom line, given the hand he was dealt, I think Dooley is doing a very credible job recruiting to this point. So GO VOLS!

bigtimevol writes:

in response to lafollette37766:

Maybe Kimbrow chose Vandy over U T because of what the NCAA may do to the football program. He may feel as though he can help Vandy go to a bowl game whereas there more than likely want be a post-season for U T football at least this year maybe next, thanks to Lame Brain Kiffy.

Gotta think that this and our low numbers have something to do with it. I don't have as much of a problem losiing this kid to Vandy as I do with the NCAA dragging our case on for ever!

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