The nine on-field assistants hired by new Tennessee football coach Butch Jones will make a combined $3.085 million in 2013, a 44-percent increase over their salaries in 2012 but roughly the same as former coach Derek Dooley's staff was slated to make before being fired.
The salary data was released by the university Wednesday in response to an open-records request by the News Sentinel.
The salary pool is nearly identical to the $2.925 million that Derek Dooley's staff was slated to be paid in 2013, but the money still constitutes a hefty raise for several of the coaches Jones brought with him from Cincinnati.
Defensive coordinator John Jancek and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian will each make $475,000 per year. That's a 97-percent raise for Jancek, who made $241,000 at Cincinnati in 2012, and an 82-percent raise for Bajakian, who made $261,000, according to USA Today salary data.
Even so, their new Tennessee salaries are less than the $600,000 that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri each were due to be paid on Dooley's staff.
Jones spread the savings around to veteran assistants, including the three coaches he hired from elsewhere.
Former Auburn assistants Tommy Thigpen (linebackers) and Willie Martinez (secondary), will make $345,000 and $280,000, respectively. Former Wisconsin receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who will also have the title of recruiting coordinator at Tennessee, will make $300,000.
Thigpen and Martinez, who made $322,500 and $255,000 at Auburn, respectively, received the most modest raises of the new staff.
The most experienced coach on the staff, defensive line coach and assistant head coach Steve Stripling, will make $380,000, the most of any non-coordinator assistant. He made $258,000 at Cincinnati.
Running backs coach Jay Graham, the only coach retained from Dooley's staff, will make $260,000. He was slated to make $225,000 under Dooley in 2013.
Offensive line coach Don Mahoney will make $350,000. Tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Mark Elder, the youngest staff member, will make $220,000.
Strength coach Dave Lawson, not considered an on-field assistant, will be paid $175,000. Former UT strength coach Ron McKeefery made $240,000 in 2012.
The information released to the News Sentinel did not include official contracts, which have not yet been signed. The salary totals include a base salary plus guaranteed supplemental income in some cases.
Jones agreed to a six-year, $18 million dollar contract last month and was granted roughly $3 million as a salary pool for assistants, according to his memorandum of understanding.
Tennessee owes Dooley a $5 million buyout payable in monthly installments through 2016. The Vols also owe the full 2013 salary to Chaney, even though he found a new job at Arkansas.
Other fired coaches will have their Tennessee payouts defrayed by income from any new job. Even so, Sunseri, who was hired as a line coach at Florida State, could still be paid $1.3 million by UT over the next two years, which is the difference between his old salary and his reported new income at FSU.
Including Lawson, eight of the 10 new staff members have worked with Jones going back to his years at Central Michigan. Jones said that familiarity has paid off.
"I know everyone on our staff. I understand their background, their pedigree and where they come from," Jones said last month. "The great thing is they know me, they know my expectations. So we can hit the ground running, and not spend time coaching coaches."
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Tennesseebeat.
Related document: A salary comparison of Butch Jones' staff and Derek Dooley's
Name Position Salary
Mike Bajakian OC $475,000
John Jancek DC $475,000
Steve Stripling DL $380,000
Don Mahoney OL $350,000
Tommy Thigpen LB $345,000
Zach Azzanni WR $300,000
Willie Martinez Secondary $280,000
Jay Graham RB $260,000
Mark Elder TE $220,000
Note: Strength coach Dave Lawson makes $175,000, bringing the total package to $3,260,000.