UT assistant coaches receive extension

UT assistant coaches receive extension


KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - The University of Tennessee has given one year contract extensions to each of Butch Jones assistants.

The contracts of Tommy Thigpen, offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, defensive coordinator John Jancek, receivers coach Zach Azzanni, tight ends/special teams coach Mark Elder, running backs coach Robert Gillespie, strength coach Dave Lawson, offensive line coach Don Mahoney, secondary coach Willie Martinez and defensive line coach Steve Stripling run through Feb. 28, 2016.
Only one is getting a raise. Linebackers coach Thigpen will receive a $25,000 dollar bump in pay, bringing his total compensation to more than $380,000 per year. Rivals.com named Thigpen its national recruiter of the year in February after he helped Tennessee sign a class ranked in the top five by multiple services.

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