Josh Heupel agrees to pick up Tennessee Football
Head coach Josh Heupel helped lead the Tennessee Volunteers into the modern era of college football. He resumed the inactive program after recruiting violations and poor performance forced Jeremy Pruitt out the door.
In two seasons at the helm, Heupel is 18-8 with seven ranked victories. His resume is brilliant as Tennessee took a big leap in the second year of a new era. Moreover, he recruits at a very high level. The Volunteers had a top-10 class in 2023 and are in contention for the top spot in America in the 2024 class.
According to Rocktopology, Heupel’s raise takes him from $5 million annually to $9 million. He is now in the middle of the SEC coaching salary, a fitting jump for one of the top coaches in college football. His new deal runs until January 2029. Heupel resonates with everyone in the building, particularly outsiders hoping to wear the orange and white.
Some head coaches advise less driving and force their assistants to scout. Everyone at Tennessee is involved in recruiting, including the head coach.
That work ethic and drive made Heupel stand out to future recruits. Players generally appreciate how reliable and intelligent Heupel is, which may be due to a unique drive to reach the top of the sport, albeit through coaching rather than playing.
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