College Football Dodges Hard Economic Times

Mark Humphrey/AP

Recession? What recession?

The University of Tennessee announced last week that it will pay the Vols football coaching staff a total of $5.175 million this year.

Nice work if you can get it, especially coming off a 6-7 season.

That figure is up $750,000 from last season but still short of what Lane Kiffin and his entourage made two years ago. That ’09 UT rock-star staff, which included Kiffin’s father and defensive guru Monte and recruiting force-of-nature Ed Orgeron, topped out at $5.3 million. The $3.3 million paid to Vols assistant coaches was the highest figure in the...

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