Tennessee paid a lofty price to lure Derrick Ansley back to college football.
The former NFL assistant left the Oakland Raiders to join Jeremy Pruitt’s new-look Tennessee coaching staff this offseason and will be paid handsomely as a result. During his Friday media availability, Pruitt announced Ansley will not only coach all four defensive back positions at Tennessee but he will serve as the program’s defensive coordinator and will call the defensive plays on game day in the fall.
Those responsibilities line up with Ansley’s compensation, as Tennessee revealed the program’s new assistant coach will make $1 million annually on a three-year deal with the school. This news was first reported by Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
When discussing his decision to bring Ansley back to Tennessee, Ansley previously served as cornerbacks coach in Knoxville in 2012, Pruitt offered up these comments on his new defensive coordinator.
“He was a graduate assistant under me for two years, then he was defensive backs coach. We are very familiar with each other,” Pruitt said. “I think it’s good to work from the back (of the defense) to the front. I think he brings a lot of experience, coached a lot of really good players and probably when I start a sentence, he can finish it.”
— Rocky Top Recruiting (@RockyTopRecruit) February 15, 2019