Tennessee gives athletics director Danny White raise, contract extension along with Josh Heupel
Tennessee announced athletics director Danny White's raise and contract extension on Wednesday, one day after doing the same for football coach Josh Heupel.
White's new pay with start at $2.2 million with an annual increase of 5%. That's a significant raise from the $1.8 million salary and the same 5% annual increase from his original contract. His five-year deal also was amended to a six-year rolling term.
The contract was signed by UT Chancellor Donde Plowman on Dec. 1. Heupel's deal was signed by all parties on Jan. 19. But they were announced in the opposite order.
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"Danny White's strong and innovative leadership of our athletics department has created a championship culture and excellence across all sports in record time," Plowman said in a school release. "He's built the best team of athletics administrators in the country, a team committed to our student-athletes' well-being and to winning with integrity. He has set audacious goals for athletics and is exceeding every milestone."
White was hired in January 2021 after athletics director Phillip Fulmer retired and football coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired for cause amid an NCAA investigation into alleged recruiting violations. White hired Heupel, his coach at Central Florida, and that turned around the Vols football program.
During White's first two years on the job, Tennessee has won six SEC team championships and achieved high standards in academic success and fundraising.
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