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Vols paying coaches NFL-type money

Updated: February 3, 2009, 9:17 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's new football coaching staff has the feel of an NFL staff both in pedigree and in payroll.

At a time when the university is struggling to make ends meet, the athletic department increased the salary of its football coaches by 13 percent to $5.3 million for the 2009 season.

The increase goes to the staff of new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders coach. Kiffin's $2 million salary is a less than his predecessor Phillip Fulmer, but his ...

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