Former Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham will make $275,000 annually at Florida State, according to documents released to the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday.
Graham was slated to make $260,000 for the Vols in 2013, but a source familiar with the negotiations told the News Sentinel that Graham had been offered a raise to $300,000 after interviewing with FSU.
Graham’s replacement, Robert Gillespie, will make $300,000 for UT, the same amount he was slated to make at West Virginia. UT released that salary figure on Monday. (See all the salaries for Tennessee's coaching staff).
The numbers appear to confirm that neither move was made for financial reasons.
Graham, a former Tennessee running back, was reunited with Randy Sanders at FSU. Sanders, a former Tennessee player and longtime assistant, was Graham’s position coach in college.
For Gillespie, a former Florida running back, the move to Tennessee represents an opportunity to return to the SEC after two seasons at West Virginia and two at Oklahoma State.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.