Vols extend coach's contract through 2010

Updated: December 31, 2003, 3:17 AM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was given a one-year contract extension and a $140,000 raise Tuesday, three days before the Volunteers play Clemson in the Peach Bowl.

The agreement keeps Fulmer at Tennessee through the 2010 season and raises his salary to $1,789,500, up from $1.65 million this year.

Fulmer ranks second in wins among active Division I-A coaches with at least five years experience. He has a 113-27 record for an .807 winning percentage.

A win in Friday's Peach Bowl would give Tennessee its 100th victory in the past 10 seasons. Only Nebraska (107-21) and Florida State (103-20-1) have won more games over that span.

Tennessee (10-3), which finished in three-way tie for the SEC East, will be appearing in its 15th consecutive bowl game, the longest current streak in the league.

The new deal was announced by Tennessee president Joe Johnson and athletic director Mike Hamilton.

"This latest extension and raise for Phillip is an indication of our recognition of his status as one of the nation's elite college coaches, as well as the successes of the 2003 Volunteers team," Hamilton said.


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