Tennessee's Fulmer gets 2-year extension

Updated: March 2, 2007, 12:33 AM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer signed a two-year contract extension but received no raise, keeping him at the university until 2013 at his current salary of $2.05 million, the school announced Thursday night.

It marks the second season in a row Fulmer has not received a raise, after receiving a raise and extension every other season since he became head coach halfway through the 1992 season.

The Volunteers went 9-4 last season, ending with a 20-10 loss to Penn State in the Outback Bowl. The season was a big improvement from the 5-6 record of 2005, Fulmer's worst.

"In a world where coaching changes appear to be coming more frequently, Phillip brings a tremendous amount of stability to our program and we feel Tennessee football is well-positioned for the future," athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a statement.

The extension also gives Fulmer an unspecified pool of money to give raises to his coaching staff. The details will be announced in coming weeks.

Since taking over for Johnny Majors in 1992, Fulmer has a 137-41 record, including a national championship in 1998, two overall Southeastern Conference titles and five Eastern Division titles.

"I can honestly say that I have the best job in America, serving as an ambassador for the state and university that mean so much to me," Fulmer said in a statement. "There is no place I'd rather be than on our campus and on our sideline teaching our young men."

Under the current contract, Fulmer receives the following performance-based bonuses: $37,500 for a non-Bowl Championship Series bowl; $50,000 for an SEC Eastern Division first-place tie; $75,000 for an SEC Championship game appearance; $100,000 for an SEC Championship or BCS bowl; $150,000 for appearing in the BCS national championship game; and $250,000 for a national championship.


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