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As expectations rise, Tennessee coaches get contract extensions

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The Tennessee Volunteers have been in the process of breathing new life into the once dominant SEC East program since Butch Jones came from Cincinnati. Entering year two of the process, a little extra job security for the caching staff has already been provided in the form of one-year extensions. Each coach on Jones’ staff received a one-year extension on their respective contracts Monday and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen received a raise of $25,000 according to the Associated Press.

The contracts for Thigpen, offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, defensive coordinator John Jancek, receivers coach Zach Azzanni, tight ends/special teams coach Mark Elder, running backs coach Robert Gillespie, strength coach Dave Lawson, offensive line coach Don Mahoney, secondary coach Willie Martinez and defensive line coach Steve Stripling were extended through Feb. 28, 2016. The extra year of job security allows Jones and his staff to sell recruits on the stability within the program, one that has suffered in a state of instability since dominating the SEC East at the height of the tenure of former head coach Phillip Fulmer.

Tennessee had the 12th highest paid coaching staff in 2013 according to a database of coaching salaries organized by USA Today, but that was only the eighth highest-paid staff in the SEC and third highest in the SEC East (Georgia, Florida).

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5 Responses to “As expectations rise, Tennessee coaches get contract extensions”
  1. mydixienormus says: Apr 14, 2014 7:57 PM

    Wow! Expectations are pretty low at Tennessee obviously. The team won two games in conference last year and coaches are getting an extension. Good deal for the coaches, the fans, not so much.

    Another one of those dominant SEC teams we read about.

  2. normtide says: Apr 14, 2014 10:40 PM

    I hate extensions after one year, of any kind.

    Dixie, your right, the SEC hasn’t win anything in the last decade. Wish we could be more like Washington.

  3. mydixienormus says: Apr 14, 2014 10:53 PM

    Nice Norm. Love it.

    Washington won 9 games this year. Pay attention. With Petersen running the show, who knows? Hang on!

  4. bostonfrogs says: Apr 15, 2014 12:10 AM

    Shocking to see how far Tennessee has fallen, but all the national powers have there down cycles. Alabama was miserable under Mike Shula and DeBose. LSU was mediocre under DiNardo. Oklahoma and Nebraska missed bowl games under John Blake and Bill Callahan, respectively, and Michigan went 3-9 under Rich Rod. Tennessee just needs to get off the mat and rejoin the elite of college football, and I’m sure they will–only question is “when”.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Apr 15, 2014 12:52 PM

    Butch makes 3mil, not $4.8. So much for this USA Today ranking.

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