KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee will pay more than $5.3
million to its football coaches in 2009, including $2 million for
head coach Lane Kiffin and $1.2 million for defensive coordinator Monte
The previous staff under Phillip Fulmer was set to make a
combined $4.7 million in 2009.
Recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has
the next largest salary with $650,000 this season. Offensive
coordinator and line coach Jim Chaney will make $380,000, and
linebackers coach Lance Thompson will make $350,000.
The total ranks Tennessee's football coaching salary pool fourth
among the Southeastern Conference's football programs.
"While our coaches' salary model is unique, we feel it is a
great model for Tennessee," Tennessee athletic director Mike
Hamilton said in a statement. "Coach Kiffin understands the power
of putting together a great team, and he used the budget we
provided to assemble what many will consider to be the best staff
Monte Kiffin, Orgeron, Chaney and Thompson will each hold
three-year contracts while the remaining coaches will receive
Running backs and special teams coach Eddie Gran will make
$185,000, quarterbacks coach David Reaves and wide receivers coach
Frank Wilson will each make $150,000 and defensive backs coach
Willie Garza will make $110,000.
"Our funding model requires football to be successful in order
to fund other sports and not detract from the university's
mission," Hamilton said.