Tennessee assistants to get 8.33 percent bonus for making bowl game

Assistants hired by new Tennessee football coach Butch Jones have signed nearly identical two-year agreements that could provide a half-million dollars in bowl bonuses.

Jones’ nine on-field assistants and head strength coach are all signed through Feb. 28, 2015.

UT released memoranda of understanding signed by coaches on Wednesday in response to an open records request by the News Sentinel. Memos of understanding generally provide a broad outline of the formal employment contracts that are signed later.

The bowl bonuses are the same as those offered to former coach Derek Dooley’s staff in 2012.

Tennessee had previously released salaries for each of the assistants, but the memoranda provided additional information about bonuses and buyouts.

If the Vols make a bowl game, every coach will receive an 8.33 percent bonus, ranging from $14,577 for strength coach Dave Lawson to $39,567 each for offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and defensive coordinator John Jancek.

Coaches will receive a 12 percent bonus for making an upper-tier SEC bowl — the Capital One, Outback, Cotton or Chick-fil-A bowls — and 16 percent for an appearance in a BCS bowl or the new four-team playoff. An SEC title-game appearance or a BCS title win are worth an extra 4 percent each.

Collectively, UT would owe the 10 coaches $271,558 for making a lower-tier bowl, $391,000 for an upper-tier bowl and $521,600 for a BCS bowl or playoff appearance.

The coaches also will receive $5,000 annually from camp revenues.

Each coach also will work under an identical buyout clause. If fired, an assistant would be paid his overall salary in monthly installments for the remainder of the contract. However, the fired coach would be required to make a good-faith effort to find other employment to defray UT’s expenses.

If a coach leaves UT while under contract, he would owe UT 33 percent of the total pay remaining on his contract in the current calendar year.

The salaries reported in the memoranda were the same as those released earlier this month, although Lawson will get a $25,000 raise to $200,000 beginning on Feb. 28, 2014. No other coaches have a provision for a raise.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

Related documents

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's offensive line coach Don Mahoney

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's running backs coach Jay Graham

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's defensive backs coach Willie Martinez

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's tight ends coach Mark Elder

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's assistant head coach/defensive line coach Steve Stripling

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Zach Azzanni

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's director of strength and conditioning Dave Lawson

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's defensive coordinator John Jancek

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian

Memorandum of understanding for Tennessee's linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 24

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Better pay for results..Might just be the incentive to push this coaching staff..GBO!

rb4346 writes:

I for one would like to see the coaches get big bonus this year. GBO!!!

Prostar writes:

I want and hope we've seen the last of the $5 mil buyouts for being an abject failure. And why in the world weren't future earnings, at least football related earnings, used to offset UT's payouts. I don't mind pay-for-performance when the results can be objectively quantified.

pcorange writes:

in response to Prostar:

I want and hope we've seen the last of the $5 mil buyouts for being an abject failure. And why in the world weren't future earnings, at least football related earnings, used to offset UT's payouts. I don't mind pay-for-performance when the results can be objectively quantified.

I agree. How we got hooked on a contract like that with an unproven coach with a losing record at La Tech I'll never understand. I don't mean that as a negative comment against Coach Dooley. He was smart to negotiate that kind of a contract. I just don't know how UT's administration fell for it.

lstbodeanvol writes:

remember hart, hammy and cheek are not ut alumni anymore than delta charlie and titletroll

PUL4VOLS writes:

I hope they do get bonuses this fall. I do not like a 6-6 record for a possible bonus. So hopefully they will at least breach the 7 win threshold. I am excited and hope it goes well in recruiting, spring practice and in the season of 2013. Go Big ORANGE!

BigOrangeFreak writes:

"Here's more money for doing what we're paying you to do anyway."

Makes sense.

I'm all for bonuses for championship teams, but if you're not playing in an elite game, you should not be compensated for more than your contract stipulates.

suttree writes:

Never mind that our athletic department is $200MM in the red and only has $1.9MM in reserves . . . And has a 2013 recruiting class ranked behind Vandy (even after North's commitment tonight).

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Jo...

VolGrad writes:

in response to suttree:

Never mind that our athletic department is $200MM in the red and only has $1.9MM in reserves . . . And has a 2013 recruiting class ranked behind Vandy (even after North's commitment tonight).

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Jo...

...a regular Little Miss Mary Sunshine....

wayne.kearney#1414428 writes:

Just get to a bowl game.If that happens they deserve a little pay bonus.

UkJarhead writes:

No worries, your 200 million debt should stay at that. No bowl game again for Vols this year.

govolsn3 writes:

Would love to see it but don't hold your breath. Good luck coaches.

usafvol writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

No worries, your 200 million debt should stay at that. No bowl game again for Vols this year.

What do you know about anything jarhead?

MikeNPS writes:

I would not mind giving bonuses for even minor bowl games if it weren't for the fact that the Vols load their non-conference schedule with junior high school caliber opponents in order to get to go to a bowl. Yes, Oregon will be VERY tough, but the rest of the non-conference schedule is not good and, in my opinion, contributes to fans deciding NOT to buy season tickets.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

No worries, your 200 million debt should stay at that. No bowl game again for Vols this year.

With only a win over tucky guaranteed it will be difficult to go bowling.

UkJarhead writes:

in response to usafvol:

What do you know about anything jarhead?

I know our athletic department is giving money to the scholarship fund and building new buildings at our school rather than having to take money from the school to pay failed coaches.

Snapshot writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

I know our athletic department is giving money to the scholarship fund and building new buildings at our school rather than having to take money from the school to pay failed coaches.

Then why don't you go on a mildcats site and sing their praises, ukjughead?

GOJO writes:

Win 50% of your games - go to Nashville for a bowl game - collect bonus.

Oh how our expectations have fallen.

govolsn3 writes:

in response to VolGrad:

...a regular Little Miss Mary Sunshine....

This is a great link to read.

usafvol writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Then why don't you go on a mildcats site and sing their praises, ukjughead?

Because that's what trolls do; especially the jarheaded ones..

usafvol writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

I know our athletic department is giving money to the scholarship fund and building new buildings at our school rather than having to take money from the school to pay failed coaches.

I highly doubt that you know much about anything. Your BB coach is a crook and everyone knows you guys had the best team that money could buy last year..

trubleoj#657755 writes:

I've never wanted so much for someone I personally do not know to get their fullest possible bonus.

Thumper72 writes:

I'm with pay for performance. How about an 8.33 percent reduction each year for not going to a bowl game??

UkJarhead writes:

in response to usafvol:

I highly doubt that you know much about anything. Your BB coach is a crook and everyone knows you guys had the best team that money could buy last year..

Ho Hum.... Crook? Proof? Everyone knows money bought the team? Show one article from everyone? You are on probation in two sports, almost three for cheating. Your basketball coach that you guys want to hire back is a proven liar and cheater. Cal never even been accused of cheating. Its best to just ignore me than to spout your ignorance.

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