You can’t put a price tag on Urnge mediocrity.

Don’t cry for Phil Fulmer, Knoxville.

Tennessee’s athletic department operated at a $6.5 million deficit during the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to UT’s annual revenue and expense report submitted to the NCAA and obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee via a public records request.

That operating deficit is due to the buyouts that stemmed from Tennessee firing football coach Butch Jones, his staff and athletic director John Currie.

By comparison, Tennessee operated at a $10.8 million surplus in the 2017 fiscal year, when it had only $1 million in severance expenses.

Tennessee reached a $2.2 million settlement with Currie in March after he was placed on paid suspension on Dec. 1, 2017. Phillip Fulmer replaced Currie as athletic director.

Jones and his staff were fired with time remaining on their contracts. Tennessee owed Jones a $8.26 million buyout due in monthly installments through the end of his contract, which expires Feb. 28, 2021.

After all, he’s probably got a nice buyout, too.



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19 responses to “You can’t put a price tag on Urnge mediocrity.

  1. ASEF

    If Fulmer wants to operate Tennessee athletics as a massive bonfire to incinerate Haslam’s cash, more power to him.


  2. Russ

    The budget for urnge fabric more than doubled with the new hirings.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. atlasshrugged55

    A fool & his money are soon parted.


  4. Bulldog Joe

    Looking forward, Pruitt’s buyout is $2.3M, Chaney’s is $1M, and Fulmer’s is $500K annually.


  5. GP

    25-55 in the SEC over the past decade. “Mediocrity” is now a complimentary term in Knoxville when it comes to their football program.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    That’s a lot of scratch to let Fulmer try and recreate his glory days.


  7. Comin' Down The Track

    This is going to end very badly, isn’t it?


  8. UGA '97

    #1 in bball. Problem solved.


  9. Salty Dawg

    Hahahahaha! I found this funny as shit! Can you imagine if Greg McStingy had been in charge of the money when that went down?