Josh Heupel Agrees to Raise From Tennessee Athletics Department

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    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel at 2022 SEC Media Days. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    Tennessee football head coach Josh Heupel has received a raise and contract extension.

    According to a report from On3 Sports’ VolQuest on Friday morning, Tennessee HC Josh Heupel received a $1 million raise, which increases his annual salary to $5 million. Heupel’s guaranteed $5 million dollar contract will run through Jan. 31, 2028.

    Heupel’s original contract was set at $4 million per year and ran through Jan. 31, 2027. Now, Heupel adds one year and a million dollars to each year.

    Tennessee’s assistant coaches have also been given a raise and one-year contract extensions.

    Heupel officially took over the Tennessee football program in January of 2021. The former UCF head coach immediately faced a tough challenge with the investigation that was surrounding Tennessee, yet still was able to change the culture and rally the troops en route to a winning season in his first year.

    Heupel’s Vols, with a depleted roster due to the transfer portal, finished the 2021 season with a 7-5 regular season record, a ranked road win against No. 18 Kentucky, and a loss in overtime of the Music City Bowl.

    Josh Heupel has led the Vols to a 2-0 record to start his second season in Knoxville. Tennessee will host Akron and Florida in back-to-back home matchups coming up before the bye week.

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    Josh Heupel Coaching Records

    2018

    • UCF – 12-1, L in Fiesta Bowl

    2019

    • UCF – 10-3, W in Gasparilla Bowl

    2020

    • UCF – 6-4, L in Boca Raton Bowl

    2021

    • Tennessee – 7-6, L in Music City Bowl

    2022 (so far)

    • Tennessee – 2-0

    No. 15 Tennessee will host Akron this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET in Neyland Stadium.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.