After its best season in over 20 years, Tennessee didn’t wait long to reward its head football coach Josh Hubbell With another increase and extension of his contract. The Vols announced Tuesday that they have extended Heupel through January 2029 and that his annual wages have increased to $9 million, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the SEC. Heupel is 18-8 in two seasons at Tennessee after a stellar 2022 season that saw the Vols win 11 games and finish with a No. 6 final ranking—both the best marks for the program since 2001.
During their breakout 11-win season, Tennessee notched memorable victories against Alabama, Florida, LSU, Pittsburgh, and Kentucky and capped a record-setting campaign with a victory in the Orange Bowl against Clemson. The Vols went 8-0 in November and were ranked #1 in the country. A loss in Georgia to eventual national champion took the SEC title off the table and a dreadful night in South Carolina knocked out their remaining playoff ambitions, but it was still by no means a stellar season for a program that had waited more than a decade to win. At this level he played such an exciting brand of football.
Tennessee’s final 11-win season came in 2001, when Vols finished #4.
“The results over Josh’s first two seasons speak for themselves,” the athletic director at Tennessee Danny White he said in a statement. “He and his staff have energized both our football program and our fan base with a strong football brand, a competitive culture that creates leaders and a relentless approach to raising the bar every day. Despite a short dormant period, Tennessee never gave up. Our status as a college football leader We just needed such an innovative leader Josh Hubbell To re-ignite the spark. It was fun crashing the party, but as Josh said after we won the Orange Bowl, the best is yet to come.”
According to a contract amendment issued by Tennessee, Heupel’s contract was extended by one year through the 2028 season and his salary increased by $4 million. His reward for winning a national championship also increased from $500,000 to $1 million. The acquisition structures of Heupel and Tennessee in the event of either ending the deal remain intact.
Heupel originally signed a six-year deal with Tennessee that lasted through the 2026 season and included $4 million in base salary. He was rewarded last season after the Vols, who when he took over were coming off a 3-7 season in 2020, mired in an NCAA investigation. In recruiting violations that occurred Jeremy Pruitt And former employees who were fired and experienced significant roster turnover went 7-6 in 2021.
The previous modification extended Heupel’s contract by one year through the 2027 season and increased his salary to $5 million. The contract was not signed by Heupel until July and not fully implemented until August 1. Details of the increases and extensions for Heubel and the assistant coaches were not revealed until mid-September, two games into the 2022 season.
The Vols didn’t want to wait too long this time around to reward Heupel, and one would think bumps and stretches are in the way for returning members of his coaching staff as well.
“I am grateful to President Boyd, Chancellor Plowman, Danny White and the Full Nation for their tremendous support,” Heubel said. “Our people take great pride in representing the Power T, something we never take for granted. We will continue to work tirelessly to build a championship program that the Vol Nation and all VFLs can be proud of.
“Most importantly, our players are the people who deserve all the credit for our resurgence in the Rocky Top game. Over the past two years, they have believed in us and put their energy into each and every day through hard work, drive, consistency and consistent habits. I’m proud to be their coach.”
Tennessee finished the 2022 season with No. 1 offense in college football in terms of yards per game and scoring, and the Vols produced the SEC Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback Hendon Hooker and the program’s first-ever Biletnikoff Award winner on a large scale Galen Hyattwhich led the Securities and Exchange Commission in each of its three major receiving categories.
The 11-win season saw Tennessee beat six ranked opponents, tie the 1998 team for the most in a single season, and set over a dozen other program records, including total points, points per game, total offense, and total offense per game. , touchdowns scored, rushing and passing touchdowns and passing efficiency.
The program’s future looks bright, too, with Tennessee having a top 10 recruiting class in 2023, and most of them joining the program in January after going through Orange Bowl practices in Knoxville and Miami in December.
Heupel was hired by Tennessee from UCF, where he went 28-8 in three seasons. The Vols hired Knights athletic director Danny White to replace him Philip Follmer They cleaned the house after an internal investigation revealed multiple gross violations under the Pruitt regime, committed by his wife, several assistant coaches, and various recruiting staff. White’s coaching search eventually returned to Orlando, and Heupel’s hiring turned out to be successful so far.
The former Oklahoma quarterback, who led the Sooners to a national championship and was Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2000, previously worked for the Missouri SEC, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons (2016-17). He spent the 2015 season at Utah after his alma mater fired him. After his playing career ended, Heupel spent the 2004 season as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma and returned to Norman after one season at Arizona to serve as quarterbacks coach for the Sooners (2006-10) before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator, a role he held for four seasons (2011-10). 14).