January 1, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, whose No. 1-ranked
Volunteers play Florida State for the national championship Monday night in
Fiesta Bowl, signed a new six-year contract worth $1 million a year on
Fulmer and athletic director Doug Dickey worked out the contract in
during the team’s preparations for the Fiesta Bowl.
The contact will raise Fulmer’s total pay by about $200,000 and makes him
the second-highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference. Florida’s Steve
Spurrier makes nearly $2 million a year.
Fulmer’s new base salary will be $175,000; radio and television
pay $400,000; apparel and shoe contracts pay $250,000; and he gets a $250,000
annual retention bonus that began after the 1997 season.
That adds up to $950,000. Other benefits, such as a free car and
complimentary tickets, bring the total value to more than $1 million,
to the university.
Fulmer is finishing his sixth full season as the Tennessee head coach. He
has an overall record of 66-11, and the best winning percentage of any active
Division I-A coach.
“The contract is in keeping with the economic standards of college
and is deserved,” Dickey said.
“No institution is more proud of its coach that we at the University of
Tennessee are about Phillip Fulmer for the way he has recruited, coached and
managed the program.”
Fulmer said he was pleased with the contract.
“I look forward to many more years ahead,” he said.