Jay Graham's deal worth $225,000 annually

Jay Graham

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Jay Graham

Jay Graham picked up a sizeable pay bump and some security to return to his alma mater.

The former Tennessee running back, who left his job at South Carolina to take over as the new running backs coach last month, is signed through February 2014 and will make an annual salary of $225,000, according to terms provided by UT to the News Sentinel on Wednesday.

The News Sentinel requested a copy of Graham’s Memorandum of Understanding, the document new employees typically sign before a contract is constructed, but it is currently unavailable.

At South Carolina, Graham started with a $110,000 salary in 2009 and finished making $175,000 this past season.

If Graham were to leave for another job before Feb. 15, 2013, he would owe UT $112,500. If UT were to dismiss Graham without cause, it would owe him the remaining full value of the contract minus mitigating costs whenever he found new employment.

Shortly before the 2011 season, quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw, secondary coach/recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand had their two-year deals rolled over through the 2012 season. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney had his three-year contract extended through 2013.

UT has yet to provide the News Sentinel with defensive line coach Lance Thompson’s updated contract. He was originally signed through the 2012 season.

Graham, 36, played at UT from 1993-96, rushing for 2,609 yards, a total that ranks seventh all-time in program history. His 11 100-yard rushing games in 1995 are the most ever by a Vol in a single season.

Graham spent six seasons in the NFL before returning to Knoxville in 2004 to finish work on his bachelor’s degree. He served as a graduate assistant for the 2005 team.

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Comments » 18

dj54 writes:

good for you

RoyaltyVol writes:

he is worth every penny

VOLliven2it writes:

Jay, we are glad you are on board man. Now go find us THAT back we have been needing. You can do it!

givehim6 writes:

Glad to have Jay back on UT's side and hoping he will be the man to revive the running game. Off topic footballscoops said somthing about ND being after Hinshaw, anyone know anything about this?

SmokeDog1972 writes:

Not bad dough....now, teach 'em how to pound the rock. Need to be able to average 175-200 yds per game on the ground to achieve some balance.

Think about it, if the Vols could average around 190 on the ground and about 250 through the air, they could be tough to defend.

Bray could drop a few bombs here and there off of the play-action if he had a running game capable of around 190 yds per game. I like the thought of it, but the RBs need to be coached up big time about running with more authority and the OL needs to get a nasty streak real quick.

DavidB writes:

Pay him as much as he wants if he can produce a running game at all.

Pullingguard writes:

He deserved More.... Not a lot of $$$ in this
day and time..

mrvol2u writes:

Sound hire and hopefully will add punch to the running game.

Glad to see someone in AD at UT finally start adding some penalties in contracts for coaches leaving before signing day.

Doubt we will need it with Mr. Graham but hopefully all other coaches will have it added to their agreements.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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If this happens it will really brighten my day. We get rid of a bad coach. Whoever we hire has to be better at it and our O line improves next year. And Kelly and ND get screwed by having Hiestead. It's a hat trick of joy for UT

volfan-for-life writes:

Welcome home Jay
go big orange

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

He deserved More.... Not a lot of $$$ in this
day and time..

I don't know. Even with the rampant inflation in coaching salaries over the last few years, that figure looks pretty good for a position coach with six years of experience. Sounds like a pretty decent contract to me. It wasn't that long ago that even the highest-rated coordinators had only year-to-year deals.

givehim6 writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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Thanks. My bad Hiestead not Hinshaw.

RockyTopVolFan writes:

Welcome back Jay!
Go find 'em, then coach 'em up.
Go Vols!

VolFanUSNavy writes:

May get a pay raise when he has to coach defense, special teams, tight ends, wide receivers, and running backs.

Noticed Penn State isn't having any trouble filling in their staff. How can working for Dooley be worse than that situation?

bvol1inSC writes:

in response to VolFanUSNavy:

May get a pay raise when he has to coach defense, special teams, tight ends, wide receivers, and running backs.

Noticed Penn State isn't having any trouble filling in their staff. How can working for Dooley be worse than that situation?

Many post here that Dooley is an awful character as a boss....from what I've observed over the past two years, I feel sorry for the assistant coaches that labored under his dictatorial, disrespectful, snob-like style. I'm thankful for the JG hire - believe it was DIRECTED by Hart. Wish there were more "VOLS" to hire...I know there's some great talent available out there (NFL and NCAA)...but the word is out on what it's like to work for Dooley.

bvol1inSC writes:

Plus the job security issues as BVB suggests

mxvol writes:

Start working on a raise Jay!Go get some 5 stars!

tovolny writes:

I wish they did not publish or release the salaries of coaches. We the fans will let anybody know when it is time to go. The state does not publish TEACHER'S salaries -- because it would probably be an embarrassment, not to mention a privacy issue. Why aren't the coaches into the privacy thing?

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