KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer
will receive a raise and one-year contract extension through 2012.
The amount of the raise most likely won't be worked out until
after the Vols play in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, the university
Fulmer currently makes $2.05 million annually, with potential
for bonuses for reaching or winning championship games and certain
bowls. Through his career, Fulmer has received about $1 million in
bonuses for remaining at Tennessee.
Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a letter
e-mailed to fans and ticket holders Thursday that Fulmer "is our
coach and will be our coach for the foreseeable future."
"Phillip and his staff did an exceptional job keeping our team
focused and working to improve during the latter half of the season
as they won the divisional championship," Hamilton wrote.
Tennessee (9-4) will face Wisconsin (9-3) in the Outback Bowl,
where the Vols lost 20-10 to Penn State last season.
Fulmer faced much criticism from fans after the Vols lost to
California, Florida and Alabama in the first half of the 2007
season by a combined 77 points. The Vols won the Southeastern
Conference East Division but lost to LSU in the SEC championship
Fulmer said before the end of the season he wants to win another
national championship at Tennessee before retiring. He and his
wife, Vicky, in August announced a $1 million donation to the
school for scholarships and programs.