We already know that Fulmer had to lay out a six-year, $22.8 million contract to entice an assistant coach who’s been seriously jonesing for a head coaching gig for a few years to join him in Knoxville. (For reference, that’s a bigger deal than Sexton arranged for Kirby Smart.)
Now it turns out that former AD John Currie promised Greg Schiano even more, a six-year deal starting at $4.4 million annually in 2018 with an increase of $50,000 for each ensuing year.
Vol fans are probably patting themselves on the back for what they perceive as Fulmer’s astute deal making while ignoring the underlying truth that UT is having to promise more than the average bear to get folks like Pruitt and Schiano to pay serious attention to it in the first place. If the Fulmer-Pruitt marriage doesn’t take, one can only imagine what Tennessee will have to offer to get the next hack to listen.