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By The Numbers: A Look At Josh Heupel’s Contract Extension

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Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel. Photo by Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel signed a contract extension on Dec. 19 that the University of Tennessee officially announced Tuesday.

The contract increases Heupel’s annual salary by 80% and extends through the 2028 football season.

Here’s a look at Josh Heupel’s new Tennessee contract by the numbers.

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$9 million

  • Josh Heupel’s annual salary before incentives

One

  • The years added to Heupel’s contract, now running through 2028 instead of 2027

Six

  • The number of seasons Heupel is under contract at Tennessee

Four

  • The number of SEC coaches making more money than Josh Heupel
  • Kirby Smart, Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher and Brian Kelly

100%

  • The percentage of Heupel’s remaining contract that the university owes him if fired without cause before Dec. 15, 2025

75%

  • The percentage of Heupel’s remaining contract that the university owes him if fired without cause between Dec. 15, 2025 and Dec. 14, 2027

50%

  • The percentage of Heupel’s remaining contract that the university owes him if fired without cause between Dec. 15, 2027 and Dec. 14, 2029

$1.2 million

  • The maximum amount of incentive compensation that may be earned in any contract year

$500,000

  • Heupel’s bonus for winning the CFP National Championship

$400,000

  • Heupel’s bonus for appearing in the National Championship

$300,000

  • Heupel’s bonus for appearing in CFP Semifinal Game
  • Heupel’s bonus for winning the SEC Championship

$200,000

  • Heupel’s bonus appearing in a CFP Access Bowl Game

$150,000

  • Heupel’s bonus for a Top 5 finish in AP, USA Today Coaches or CFP Poll

$100,000

  • Heupel’s bonus for appearing in a bowl game
  • Heupel’s bonus for appearing in the SEC Championship Game
  • Heupel’s bonus for a Top 10 finish in AP, USA Today Coaches or CFP Poll
  • Heupel’s bonus for earning National Coach of the Year honors
  • Heupel’s bonus if Tennessee posts a single year APR or four year APR of 985 or greater

$50,000

  • Heupel’s bonus for a Top 25 finish in AP, USA Today Coaches or CFP Poll
  • Heupel’s bonus if Tennessee posts a single year APR or four year APR of 945 or greater
  • Heupel’s bonus if named AP SEC Coach of the Year

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