KNOXVILLE — Following a third-straight season with a two-win improvement, Tennessee coach Butch Jones rewarded a trio of assistants with hefty raises this offseason, according to contracts obtained by SEC Country.
Tailbacks coach Robert Gillespie, who presided over the Vols most prolific rushing unit since 1989, and linebackers assistant Tommy Thigpen, who was also recently named Tennessee’s defensive run-game coordinator, both earned six-figure raises.
Gillespie’s received a total (base plus supplemental) bump of $125,000, giving the newly-titled assistant head coach a $480,000 annual salary. Thigpen earned a $100,000 raise and now makes $505,000 annually.
Finally, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that second-year offensive coordinator Mike DeBord was given an $80,000 raise and will earn $585,000 in 2016.
No details were released on the rest of Tennessee’s staff.
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com