Grid raises raise eyebrows

Slicing the pie is always tricky business, and this year is no different in the UT football program. Head coach Phillip Fulmer recently divided a substantial amount of raise money among his assistants, and some of his decisions are sure to be hot topics in the coming weeks.

According to figures printed in today's editions of The Knoxville News-Sentinel, the biggest slices of the raise pie went to defensive coordinator John Chavis and running backs coach Trooper Taylor. Chavis got the largest lump-sum raise (more than $50,000 per year), while Taylor got the biggest percentage increase (22.7). Chavis now makes $250,756 per year, while Taylor's bump puts him at $135,000.

Recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins, receivers coach Pat Washington and offensive coordinator Randy Sanders also got substantial pay hikes. Adkins' salary jumped $22,000 (from $113,000 to $135,650). Washington got a raise of nearly $21,000 (from $113,568 to $134,247). Sanders got a bump of $17,000 (from $145,536 to $162,813).

Coordinators Chavis and Sanders are due to get multi-year contracts, a benefit UT has never accorded an assistant coach.

Of course, Fulmer got the biggest raise of all, recently going from $1.789 million to $2.05 million. He guided the SEC's second-youngest team to an East Division title and a 10-3 record that included a 38-7 blowout of Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

Secondary coach Larry Slade got the smallest increase, a 2-percent boost to $137.183. Slade had to replace five of his top six defensive backs from 2003, and the Vols ranked 88th nationally in pass defense as a result.

All of Tennessee's now make at least $134,000 per year.

Here's a complete list of Vol football raises:

Phillip Fulmer $1,789,500 to $2,050,000

John Chavis $200,720 to $250,756

Randy Sanders $145,536 to $162,813

Dan Brooks $135,460 to $142,233

Steve Caldwell $132,120 to $138,726

Jimmy Ray Stephens $130,040 to $138,542

Larry Slade $134,460 to $137,183

Greg Adkins $113,000 to $135,650

Trooper Taylor $110,000 to $135,000

Pat Washington $113,568 to $134,247

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