Trying to get Tennessee back in the postseason, the seven new coaches hired by the program know exactly how much each bowl game would be worth to them personally.
There also are additional carrots dangling for the staff if they can get the Vols back into contention for championships.
In addition to confirming the base salaries for the latest group of coaches in charge of the football program for the 2012 campaign, documents obtained by the News Sentinel on Wednesday through a public records request also outline a bonus structure that wasn’t detailed in previous contracts the past few seasons. And UT clearly isn’t treating all bowl games the same as it attempts to return to one after missing out on a trip a year ago.
According to the employment agreements for each of the recent hires, the assistants will earn eight percent of their total compensation for an appearance in a postseason game — a total that escalates to 12 percent for the Chick-fil-A, Cotton, Outback or Capital One bowls. The payout can reach 16 percent if the Vols qualify for a game that is currently a part of the Bowl Championship Series.
Additionally, the coaches can earn a bonus of four percent for playing in the SEC championship game and another four percent if they win the national championship. All told, the assistants could earn as much as 24 percent of their base salary if they finish the year with a national title.
No base salary for the seven coaches exceeds $275,000, though defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri’s total compensation will check in at $800,000 per season in his three-year deal. The former Alabama linebackers coach was the only new member of the staff granted a deal that long, with five others receiving two-year pacts and special teams/tight ends coach Charlie Coiner working with a deal good for just this season.
Sunseri also is the only one with a stipulation written into his agreement that waives a buyout of 33 percent of his total compensation if he’s named a head coach of either an NFL organization or a college program. The others could have the same amount in liquidated damages to the university waived by athletic director Dave Hart, but no job specifications for leaving are provided.
In August, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney’s contract was extended through 2013. He is scheduled to make $550,000 in 2012 and $600,000 in 2013. Wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw, who had his contract extended through 2012 during the offseason, is scheduled to make $175,000.
The total compensation in 2012 and length of the deals for the other six new assistants:
Defensive line coach John Palermo: Two years, $275,000.
Offensive line coach Sam Pittman: Two years, $275,000.
Special teams/tight ends coach Charlie Coiner: One year, $275,000.
Running backs coach Jay Graham: Two years, $225,000.
Safeties coach Josh Conklin: Two years, $200,000.
Cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley: Two years, $200,000.
Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward