Josh Heupel gets a raise, contract extends from Vols

Josh Hubble Tennessee was ranked in the top 15 games of his second season as head coach for the Falls, but even before the 2022 season started, he was rewarded for the work he did in moving the program forward and installing it in such a short time. Tennessee State gave Heupel a $1 million raise, which increased his annual base salary to $5 million, and added another year to his contract that now runs through the 2027 season, according to a contract addendum the league obtained from GoVols247 Friday morning. Hubble and Tennessee officially implemented the addition in July.

When he was hired away from the UCF by the newly appointed Tennessee Athletic Director Danny Whitewho also hired him at Orlando where he went 28-8 in three seasons, Heupel initially agreed to a six-year deal with the Vols that lasted through the 2026 season and came with an annual base salary of $4 million.

Heupel contract extension details were first reported by On3 Sports.

The original deal also included a clause regarding Tennessee’s as-yet-unresolved NCAA status — if the Vols were given a multi-year ban or a reduction in scholarships for eight or more, the deal would automatically be extended through the 2027 season. Tennessee did not impose a pot ban last season, But it has imposed other penalties on itself in addition to firing former coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff and working closely with the NCAA while investigating those alleged violations. Tennessee received its official notification of the allegations from the NCAA in July, and the process is awaiting its next step.

Josh Hubble (Image: Justin Pearl, Getty)

The addition to Heupel’s contract, which now runs through January 31, 2028, prompted the acquisition structure for the coach and Tennessee by one year.

Tennessee owes Hubbell 100% of his remaining base salary to finish before December 15, 2024, and the buyout drops to 75% between then and December 15, 2026 and then to 50% if it occurs after that date in 2026.

If Heupel closes the deal, his purchase will be $8 million if it occurs before December 15, 2023, then decreases to $6 million if it occurs before the same date in 2024, then $4 million before the same date in 2025, $3 million before Same date in 2026, then $2 million before the same date in 2027.

Heupel’s incentive structure remains the same. He earned $300,000 for winning the SEC Championship and $100,000 for making the SEC Championship. He gets $500,000 if Tennessee wins the national title and $400,000 to get into the College Football Playoff Championships, $300,000 to get to the CFP, $200,000 to play in the New Year’s Six Bowl and $100,000 for any bowl game.

There are also bonuses for ranked finishes – the top five is $150,000, the top 10 is $100,000 and the top 25 is $50,000 – plus a national winner ($100,000) or SEC ($50,000) coach of the year and one- or four-year academic progression average scores of 985 or more ($100,000) or 945 or more ($50.00).

Heupel is 9-6 in his first 15 games after inheriting a program mired in such uncertainty over the state of the NCAA as well as an overhaul of the roster that came on both sides of Pruitt’s dismissal and hiring.

The Vols were selected to finish fifth in the SEC in Heupel’s first season in 2021, but scored conference victories against Missouri, South Carolina and Kentucky to win seven regular season games and finish third in the division behind the National Champions and 10 wins. Kentucky team beat Tennessee in Lexington. Tennessee State finished 7-6 after a controversial loss to Purdue at the Music City Bowl, but the momentum from the faster-than-expected success was evident. The Vols opened the 2022 season on the sidelines of each of the top 25 pollsters and were selected to finish third in the division behind Georgia and Kentucky.

After winning the state ball then no. 17 Pittsburgh, Hubble Tennessee ranked No. 15 in an Associated Press poll ahead of Saturday night’s game against Akron.

The win at Pete was Tennessee’s first road win against a seeded opponent in a non-conference since the Fools beat Miami at the Orange Bowl in 2003, and Heupel scored two road wins against seeded teams in his first 15 games in an overtime win last week and a win Penalty kicks. in Kentucky last season.