Tennessee announced that football coach Butch Jones received a pay raise Monday.
Jones will receive an additional $500,000 per year which will put him at $4.1 million per season, according to multiple reports. The Vols finished 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the SEC this season. Tennessee was selected to play in the Outback Bowl against Northwestern on Jan. 1.
“Butch Jones has done an outstanding job leading this football program on and off the field,” Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart stated in a press release. “As I said recently, Butch has brought stability to our program … He laid out a vision of how he wanted to build this program back to where we all want it to be. We have made great strides, however, it remains an ongoing process.
“Most importantly, we have the right leader to get us to our ultimate destination and we are rewarding him accordingly.”
This is the second consecutive season Jones has received a substantial raise. Jones’ pay was bumped up to $3.6 million per season following a 6-6 regular season in 2014. The raise was approximately $650,000 per year.
“It’s an illustration of the support they’ve given us ever since we have been here,” Jones said following Tennessee’s first bowl practice on Monday.
It’s unclear exactly where Jones’ new contract will rank among annual salaries in the SEC since there have been so many coaching changes. However, only six coaches were slated to make more than $4.1-million in 2015, according to figures published by USA Today.