Tennessee AD Fulmer receives four-year contract

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer received a new four-year contract, the university announced Thursday.

The school said the deal is worth at least $900,000 annually -- $300,000 in base salary plus $600,000 in supplemental pay for personal appearances and media services. There is also a $100,000 annual retention bonus.

Fulmer had been working under a two-year deal worth $575,000 annually since being named athletic director in December.

"Phillip has been a great partner over the last four months and I commend him for the work he has done with our student-athletes, coaches and staff," university chancellor Beverly Davenport said in a statement. "Phillip has been connected to the University of Tennessee and its athletics program for more than 40 years and he understands the expectations we have for our athletics department.

"He is surrounded by a very knowledgeable staff that is deeply committed to the success of our student-athletes. I look forward to our continued partnership."

Fulmer, 67, replaced John Currie at athletic director when Currie came under fire for some missteps during the search for a new football coach.

Fulmer settled on Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt to be the new coach.

Fulmer has been a popular figure in the state due to his stint as Tennessee's football coach from 1992-2008. He compiled a 151-52-1 record and guided the Volunteers to the 1998 national championship.

Now he is pleased with the gig he recently landed.

"I am very grateful to Chancellor Davenport for the opportunity to continue to serve our outstanding university and its proud legacy," Fulmer said in a statement. "The positive momentum established by our talented student-athletes, dedicated coaches, excellent staff, our great alumni and fans has united us all. I am excited to work alongside them as we push forward in pursuit of excellence in all sports."

--Field Level Media

04/19/2018 16:38

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