Tennessee may have had a trying coaching search, but the Vols have a head coach, and won’t be shy about opening their wallets for a good staff.
Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt landed the job after one of the most ridiculous coaching searches in recent memory.
He may not have been the Vols first choice, but he’ll be making a decent penny in Knoxville, and perhaps more importantly, will have the ability to build a competitive staff, according to a report.
Gridiron Now‘s John Brice reports that Pruitt’s salary will be upwards of $4 million per year, and he will have a $5 million pool for his assistants.
Been in the classroom but got a message & am told @Vol_Football is giving Jeremy Pruitt a 6-year deal worth nearly $4 million on avg & a school-record & among nation’s-best roughly $5 million salary pool for assistants.
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) December 7, 2017
Brice says that Pruitt turned down a higher personal salary to bolster his assistant pay pool.
We may already know who the crucial first hire for Pruitt is as well, with FootballScoop reporting that Colorado State offensive coordinator Will Friend could take the same job with the Vols. He worked with Pruitt at Georgia, where he was offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
This year, only four schools had assistant salary pools over $5 million total: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and Michigan.