College Football Dodges Hard Economic Times

College Football Dodges Hard Economic Times

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 country at the time.

But times are changing.

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