UT Athletics Director Dave Hart and head coach Butch Jones, from left, celebrate their team's 24-17 win over Vanderbilt in Nashville. Photo by Adam Lau/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
Tennessee coach Butch Jones may or may not be a candidate for the newly vacant head coaching job at Michigan, but athletic director Dave Hart apparently doesn't want to take any chances losing him.
On the same day that Michigan announced its firing of coach Brady Hoke, Hart told Volquest.com, the Tennessee website on the Rivals.com network, that he is working on a new contract with Jones that will include a raise. Jones signed a six-year deal worth approximately $2.95 million per year — with a one-time $500,000 signing bonus — when he was hired in December of 2012. Jones and the Vols went 6-6 in the regular season, 3-5 in the SEC, reaching bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010.
"We have begun those conversations," Hart told Volquest.com. "It will get done in an appropriate fashion. Right now Butch is on the road recruiting and that will be a focus. But like I said, we'll get it done in an appropriate fashion."