Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has joined the $4 million a year club in the college football head coaching world. After finishing the 2015 regular season going 8-4 and finishing second in the SEC East, Jones has received a raise of half a million dollars per year. Annually, Jones will make $4.1 million a year. Tennessee’s Director of Athletics Dave Hart released a statement following the announcement, citing the positive direction that the program is headed.
Tennessee finished last season with a 7-6 record, which was Jones’ second year as the Vols’ head coach. They defeated Iowa in the Taxslayer.com Bowl last January.
“Obviously I’m very thankful we’ve had a supportive administration led by (athletic director) Dave Hart and Chancellor (Jimmy) Cheek,” Jones said Monday afternoon via the Chattanooga Free Times Press. “We all win with this. I think it’s an illustration of the support that they have given us ever since we came here.
“It’s gratifying in terms of they see what we’re building. They see what goes on here, but it’s really all about the players, it’s about the coaching staff and it’s about everyone in our football organization. Really it’s a tribute to them and everyone associated with our football program.”
Tennessee will face Northwestern in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 2016.