Derek Dooley’s starting salary at UT: 150 times his dad’s at UGA

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).

UGA ranked ahead of UNC — in basketball, of all things.

42 comments Add your comment


February 23rd, 2010
5:40 pm

why is this under UGA sports section?


February 23rd, 2010
5:51 pm

Screw UT we’er DAWGS

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

February 23rd, 2010
5:51 pm

If I had it to do over again I’d ask for a 3-year contract, too. At the time, nobody had a multi-year deal but that was before the a$$ painting took place. Now, nobody will come to Georgia without big money and a long term deal – and some say, a no-a$$ painting clause. What kind of people paint a little dog’s a$$?

that's my dog!!

February 23rd, 2010
5:53 pm

who cares!!!

messin with sasquatch

February 23rd, 2010
6:15 pm

good for dirk. a lot more than boogie nights paid, too.


February 23rd, 2010
6:15 pm

Bobbi Dud

February 23rd, 2010
6:19 pm

Derek Dooley will be a flop! He has a losing record! UT can’t find one of their own so they play it safe with a nobody! Dooley will be gone in two years for a better known coach!

Wally Butts

February 23rd, 2010
6:20 pm

Lets see…we have spring football ahead…men and womens basketball going on…gymnastics…tennis…golf…baseball…softball…

And we get an article about Tenn’s head football coach’s salary…BS

I agee with that's my dog

February 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm


February 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

So if you compared their house payments your point would be mute.


February 23rd, 2010
6:40 pm

Good point, Bo! Why the heck does AJC keep talking about a Tennessee Vol coach? AJC never talked about the Louisiana Tech coach last year! Who cares?

Dawg 94

February 23rd, 2010
7:19 pm

What about little Kirby?


February 23rd, 2010
7:23 pm


C from Marietta

February 23rd, 2010
7:23 pm

And I care? Why does this matter? Slow news day?


February 23rd, 2010
7:29 pm

Please stop writing about Dereck Dooly and Vince. Enough is enough. I agree why is this info under UGA web page? I hate to even think what it is going to be next fall the week before the Ga/Tenn game. So please make sure this horse dies be next fall.

Iraq Dawg.... HOOAH!

February 23rd, 2010
7:43 pm

Stupid article!

G Baggett

February 23rd, 2010
7:49 pm

sports writers gotta have a job too!


February 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm

Dawgs?Yes!, Vols? Yes! ,Southerners? HELL YES!!!


February 23rd, 2010
7:58 pm

Another real disparity is found in the fact that the winner of one PGA tournament today will make more than Arnold Palmer did in his entire career.

And, of course, this is true of every area and vocation.


February 23rd, 2010
8:05 pm

Like someone give a sh


February 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

take this junk to the Knoxville paper AJC. I can only speak for myself, but I really don’t think any Dawg fan gives a shat about Derek Dooley or those hillbillies to the north. Make a SEC section that’s different from the UGA one if you insist on talking about Tennessee.


February 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

The days of Dooley and the former Boise State D.C. (who is now a Vol) playing mostly cupcakes is over. Six of their first eight games are killers and the Vols finishing those game with a 3-3 record would be an achievement.

South Carolina


February 23rd, 2010
8:09 pm

Well, where do I start.

jackhammer, what the hell son, get in here.

Ol DD will probably pi$$ off the mutts when he a nobhell boot up ol cmr ’s rectom come THIS year and many years to come
Don’t believe me? Look at recruiting . The Vols jumped all over the mutts the last 2 years. Lane Kiffen leaving was a sigh of relief in Cow Town.

The Vols will be a major contender in the SUC along with Ala., FLA., AU., and perhaps KY.
Don’t for get a much improved GT team that has Paul Johnson excited.

Starting to look dim, huh num-mutts?



February 23rd, 2010
8:23 pm

Who cares? Dooley was UTs 4th or 5th choice!


February 23rd, 2010
9:43 pm

Tweedle Dee has hit the lottery. He can keep dear ole dad up and help him with his house reno!

Fair and Balanced

February 23rd, 2010
11:10 pm

All coaches are overpaid.

DC from Conyers

February 23rd, 2010
11:53 pm

He may be a Dooley by birth but a Vol by choice. Frankly Charlott I don’t give a Dang!!!!

so what?

February 24th, 2010
2:05 am

Yeah, and gas is 325 times higher now than when ‘Lord Vincent’ was hired. Derrick works for Ten-duh-see, right? Get him off of the UGA page.

so what?

February 24th, 2010
2:07 am

Louie, don’t stay on this blog too long, the coffee’s ready and the drive through is backing up.


February 24th, 2010
8:04 am

Coach Vince Dooley had loyalty to his assistants who helped him climb the mountain…..Derek left out his defensive coordinator Tommy Spangler who helped him look good at La. Tech and get the Tennessee job…..Somehow, Tommy Spangler was totally forgotten about by young Derek when he got his 1.8 million dollar gig….The La. Tech offense scored 35 points against the old Boise State defensive coordinator last year…..By all accounts from Derek, Spangler was a mainstay for him at La. Tech…..It again shows that loyalty is sometimes a one way street instead of a 2 way street….


February 24th, 2010
8:39 am

Are we still considering renaming Sanford to:

The University of Tennessee Coach’s Dad Stadium

I haven’t heard all the outrage over keeping the historic name of the place lately, so I was just wondering.

Go Big Orange

February 24th, 2010
8:43 am

All you idiots sound like you’re from the same family tree! Being there are only two last names in all of Georgia, I’m guessing that is accurate?


February 24th, 2010
11:09 am

Fun Fact: The last two Tennessee coaches owned Georgia.


“Hillbilly to the North”

There is an inverse relation ship too

February 24th, 2010
11:15 am

Son Dooley cannot coach. He has not shown that he is ready. His salary is inverse to his Dad’s talents in the same career. It will be ugly.

Derek will become the Coach Shula of UT ball. It gets uglier before it gets better, Vols. Hang in there. The NCAA is a snooping and Derek Dooley is window dressing on an already ugly Blame Kiffen and Ed Orgeron recruiting story. Hopefully, y’all will get your money back with his squeaky clean image while on probation. He sure ain’t no big time coach. He will be three and out.

You heard it here first.


February 24th, 2010
12:16 pm

UT will be lucky if Dooley is the Shula of UT. Shula stabilized the Bama program and had enough talent in place at Bama for Saban to win a title despite Shula playing with scholarship limits.

Dawg Trainer

February 24th, 2010
2:01 pm

The AJC knows where their bread is buttered, and that’s with Tennessee. You mangy mutt fans need to know your roles, shut your mouths, and keep my hedges trimmed.

Dawg Trainer

February 24th, 2010
2:30 pm

Now THAT’s good training!

Not one bark from a Dawg since that last post. A rolled up AJC IS a good training tool…


February 24th, 2010
11:35 pm

tennessee we have beat you more since coach richt came than you have beat us


February 24th, 2010
11:38 pm


Dawg Trainer

February 25th, 2010
8:10 am

The Dawg Trainer IS somewhat sad today. Kiffin promised me he’d try his best to break our previous high point total of 51 at Neyland South (aka Sanford Stadium). Unfortunately, I think Coach Dooley won’t break it off in you Dawgs…he’d be content with, oh, 45 points.

Anyway, it’s gonna be cold tonight. Let the faucets drip, water my hedges, and for UGA’s sake…let poor Russ The Temporary Mascot sleep indoors tonight!


February 26th, 2010
9:52 pm

nothing sux like a big urnge


February 28th, 2010
10:36 am

Its going to be tough but not a disaster.
Oregon……. L Tennessee is a poor SEC representative. Cant beat anyone decent outside the SEC.
Florida…….L Schematically its a bad match up for the Vols not to mention talent.
Alabama…L Please.
Georgia….W Georgia’s days may be finished as serious contender. Vols need more Ga players.
LSU………W Lsu is poisoned with their new coach. Tennessee will pull this one out.
South Carolina..W SC will collapse this year.