New Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie will make $300,000 per year with the Vols, a UT spokesperson confirmed Monday in response to an open-records request from the News Sentinel.
Gillespie made $250,000 per year at West Virginia and was given a $50,000 raise shortly before leaving, according to the West Virginia Metro News.
Gillespie replaced Jay Graham, who left for Florida State last month.
Graham, a former Tennessee player, was scheduled to make $260,000 in 2013 and was offered a raise to $300,000 before he left. Florida State has not yet released his new salary.
Gillespie is the sixth-highest paid coach on Butch Jones’ nine-man staff. Receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Azzanni also makes $300,000, according to documents released earlier this year. (See salary information for all of Tennessee's coaches here.)
If Gillespie’s contract is identical to his eight colleagues, he will have the opportunity to receive a roughly $25,000 bowl bonus and $5,000 in camp pay.
All assistant coaches are on two-year deals with mutual buyout clauses.
Gillespie, 33, was a former running back at Florida who coached at South Carolina and Oklahoma State before spending the last two years at West Virginia.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.