The University Of Tennessee and Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt have agreed to a contract extension. The extension terms include compensation of $3.8 million in 2020, with an increase to $4.2 million starting in 2021.
The extension was signed on Wednesday.
“I’m excited that this extension gives Jeremy the runway to continue to build on the momentum and energy we have around our football program coming out of last season,” Fulmer said. “He has made excellent progress entering just his third year and clearly realizes there is much work still to be done. This extension secures him to continue his efforts to return our program to a championship level and shows our commitment to him, his staff, this team and the future of the Tennessee Volunteers. I am very grateful to Chancellor Plowman, our administration and Board of Trustees for their confidence and support as well as their leadership and attentiveness to the future of our overall athletics program.”
Jeremy Pruitt agreed to not accept a raise this year, as the athletic department is dealing with budget issues from Covid-19.
“Jeremy and I were close to finalizing his extension early this year. But once the pandemic hit and we learned more and more about its potential impact on the department, Jeremy informed me that he preferred not to accept a raise for this year. His focus quickly shifted to his players and supporting them through a period of interruption and uncertainty. His selflessness and concern for the greater good has been neat to observe through all of this.”
The 26th head coach for Tennessee football, Jeremy Pruitt capped off a slow start to the 2019 season and finished on a six game winning streak. Also, with the success in recruiting, Tennessee is working its way back up the mountain, on a national landscape.
“My family and I are grateful for the unwavering commitment the University of Tennessee has made to us,” Pruitt said. “We have worked hard to build our program the right way in a short amount of time, and there is still much work to be done. It’s a privilege to coach and mentor the outstanding young men who represent the Tennessee Volunteers. We are excited about the future and will continue to build a program Tennessee fans can be proud of.”
Pruitt’s buyout agreement remains. He would owe Tennessee $1 Million, each year remaining on contract.
If Tennessee terminates Pruitt, he would get 60% base, in addition to supplemental pay per number of years left on deal.
Overall, this is a nice deal for the University and Pruitt, now it’s time to start winning the big ones.