Vince Dooley’s salary in his first year as Georgia’s head football coach? $12,000.
Derek Dooley’s salary in his first year as Tennessee’s head football coach? $1.8 million.
Tennessee, which hired Vince’s son last month, finally got around to announcing his contract terms this afternoon: a six-year deal at $1.8 million per year.
That’s, oh, 150 times what Vince Dooley made in his first year at UGA in 1964 – and more than triple what he was making in his 25th and final year as the Bulldogs’ coach in 1988.
Vince Dooley often has joked that his wife, Barbara, never lets him forget that he quit coaching just as the salaries were about to explode.
“I spent 25 years as a head coach and had gotten my salary from $12,000 my first year to $500,000 with everything thrown in when I decided it was time for me to retire,” he said last month. “Barbara has always reminded of that. She says, ‘What kind of guy leaves a job when he’s just about to start making big money?’”
Derek Dooley’s salary is not extraordinary in the SEC these days: Nine of the league’s head football coaches made more than $1.8 million last year.
Tennessee also announced today the contracts for Dooley’s assistant coaches. Interesting thing is that all of them got multi-year deals, either two or three years. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is Dooley’s highest-paid assistant with a three-year, $600,000-per-year contract. Only one of Georgia’a assistant coaches has a multi-year contract — defensive coordiator Todd Grantham (three years, $750,000 per year).