Tennessee officials have made at least an informal offer to Spence, who has held the same position at Clemson the last three seasons, CUTigers.com has learned.
The offer is in the neighborhood of $350,000, which is substantially more than the $207,000 than Spence made in 2007.
However, all indications are that Spence will make his decision following Clemson's Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Auburn on New Year's Eve.
Spence is the first known person to formally interview for the job after former Volunteers offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe left to become the head coach at Duke. Cutcliffe made $340,000 last season.
Earlier this month, Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips said each contract for the assistants will be reevaluated and based on marked value. Most, if not all, of the assistants have yet to be made offers.
It appears unlikely that Clemson would offer Spence anywhere close to what Tennessee is prepared to pay.
While Spence decides whether or not to take the job, Tennessee officials are planning on meeting with Detroit Lions wide receivers coach Kippy Brown, who has very close ties to the university and Fulmer, the Knoxville News-Sentinal has reported.
He must wait to meet with Tennessee officials until after the Lions' season is over this weekend.
Brown served as wide receivers coach with Tennessee from 1982-89 under former coach Johnny Majors, before leaving for two years to be with the New York Jets.
Brown then returned to Tennessee as an assistant head coach and wide receivers coach in 1993 and 1994, before leaving for the NFL, where's he's bounced around ever since.
Spence flirted with several teams last year, including Alabama, the Minnesota Gophers and Oakland Raiders.
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