Tennessee releases details of Jeremy Pruitt’s extension
Jeremy Pruitt is set to remain Tennessee’s head coach for the foreseeable future after the school announced his contract had been extended on Thursday. Now, details have been released about Pruitt’s new deal with the Vols.
Per Patrick Brown of 247Sports.com, Pruitt’s contract was extended two years, now going through the end of the 2025 season and expiring in January 2026. He’ll begin to receive his $400,000 raise in 2021 (continuing to make $3.8 million through January), with that amount prorated over the final 11 months of the year. His salary will increase to the full $4.2 million in February 2022.
Many of the incentives in Pruitt’s contract have also been increased. Here’s a look at those:
SEC Championship Game appearance: $200,000 (previously $100,000)
SEC Championship Game win: $400,000 (previously $300,000)
College Football Playoff National Championship Game appearance: $1.2 million (previously $400,000)
National title victory: $1.5 million (previously $500,000)
New Year’s Six bowl game appearance: $400,000 (previously $200,000)
Bowl game appearance: $200,000 (previously $100,000)
Top-5 finish in any poll: $400,000 (previously $150,000)
Top-10 finish in any poll: $200,000 (previously $100,000)
Top-25 finish in any poll: $100,000 (previously $50,000)
National Coach of the Year Award: $250,000 (previously $100,000)
AP SEC Coach of the Year Award: $150,000 (previously $50,000)
If Tennessee wants to buy out Pruitt’s contract at any point, it will cost 60 percent of the remaining salary he’s owed in the deal. If Pruitt wants a buyout, it would cost $1 million times the number of years remaining on his contract.
Now that Pruitt is signed long term after going 13-12 through his first two seasons with the Vols, it’s time for them to shift their focus completely to Saturday’s season opener. Tennessee begins the year with a matchup at South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.