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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