Where Josh Heupel's Tennessee football salary ranks among SEC coaches
Josh Heupel put Tennessee football back in national prominence — and Tennessee has made Heupel one of the SEC's highest-paid coaches after a breakthrough season.
The third-year Vols coach received a raise and extension that will pay him $9 million annually and run through 2029. Heupel has an 18-8 record in two seasons at UT. He led Tennessee to an 11-2 record and an Orange Bowl win last season. It was the Vols' first 11-win season since 2001.
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Where Josh Heupel ranks among SEC coaches in salary
Heupel is tied with Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops as the fifth highest-paid coach in the SEC in average annual scheduled compensation, which takes into account the salary before incentives and bonuses.
Here are the SEC coaches ranked by salary:
1. Nick Saban, Alabama: $11.7 million
2. Kirby Smart, Georgia: $11.25 million
T-3. Brian Kelly, LSU: $9.5 million
T-3. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: $9.5 million
T-5. Josh Heupel, Tennessee: $9 million
T-5. Mark Stoops, Kentucky: $9 million
T-5 Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss: $9 million
8. Billy Napier, Florida: $7.4 million
9. Hugh Freeze, Auburn: $6.5 million
10. Shane Beamer, South Carolina: $6.625 million
T-11. Eli Drinkwitz, Missouri: $6 million
T-11. Sam Pittman, Arkansas: $6 million
13. Zach Arnett, Mississippi State: $3 million
Salary information for Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea is not available due to Vanderbilt being a private institution.
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What was Josh Heupel's previous salary?
Heupel received a raise to a guaranteed annual salary of $5 million and a contract extension through 2028 in July. The terms add one year and $1 million annually to his guaranteed pay, and his bonus structure remains the same.
What was Josh Heupel's original contract with Tennessee?
Heupel's original deal was for $4 million annually and ran through Jan. 31, 2027. He was hired at UT in January 2021.
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