KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was given
a one-year contract extension and a $140,000 raise Tuesday, three
days before the Volunteers play Clemson in the Peach Bowl.
The agreement keeps Fulmer at Tennessee through the 2010 season
and raises his salary to $1,789,500, up from $1.65 million this
Fulmer ranks second in wins among active Division I-A coaches
with at least five years experience. He has a 113-27 record for an
.807 winning percentage.
A win in Friday's Peach Bowl would give Tennessee its 100th
victory in the past 10 seasons. Only Nebraska (107-21) and Florida
State (103-20-1) have won more games over that span.
Tennessee (10-3), which finished in three-way tie for the SEC
East, will be appearing in its 15th consecutive bowl game, the
longest current streak in the league.
The new deal was announced by Tennessee president Joe Johnson
and athletic director Mike Hamilton.
"This latest extension and raise for Phillip is an indication
of our recognition of his status as one of the nation's elite
college coaches, as well as the successes of the 2003 Volunteers
team," Hamilton said.