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Jeremy Pruitt rewarded with contract extension at Tennessee

Today, Tennessee announced a contract extension for Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Pruitt is now under contract through the 2025 season. Under the new terms, Pruitt is set to earn $4.2 million each year; however Pruitt has opted not to take the $400,000 increase for this year in acknowledgement of the university's budget strains due to COVID19. Thus, this season he will make $3.8 million.

After starting the 2019 season off 1-4, the Vols went on to win every game except a 31-13 loss at Alabama. Including their bowl victory over Indiana, the Vols finished the season 8-5.

Tennessee had intended to execute the extension earlier this year but it was delayed by the pandemic.

In an official statement, Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer said, “I’m excited that this extension gives Jeremy the runway to continue to build on the momentum and energy we have around our football program coming out of last season. He has made excellent progress entering just his third year and clearly realizes there is much work still to be done. This extension secures him to continue his efforts to return our program to a championship level and shows our commitment to him, his staff, this team and the future of the Tennessee Volunteers".

Pruitt is entering his 3rd year at the helm for the Vols, who start their season this Saturday against South Carolina.

ESPN's Chris Low first reported the agreement.

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