Tennessee coach Josh Heupel received a contract extension through the 2028 season that will pay him $9 million annually plus incentives, the school announced Tuesday.
Heupel led the Volunteers to an 11-2 record last season and a No. 6 national ranking. Tennessee defeated Clemson 31-14 in the Orange Bowl as the Volunteers improved to 18-8 in Heupel's two seasons.
Heupel, who turns 45 in March, becomes the sixth Southeastern Conference coach to make at least $9 million per season, joining Alabama's Nick Saban ($11.7 million), Georgia's Kirby Smart ($11.25 million), LSU's Brian Kelly ($9.5 million), Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher ($9 million) and Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin ($9 million).