John Currie will be in Tennessee for five years if he serves the term of his contract.
Currie was hired after former athletic director Dave Hart announced in August that he would be stepping down. The contract is worth at least $900,000 annually, and could be worth considerably with several incentives and bonuses if certain benchmarks are reached.
Currie will officially take over duties at Tennessee on April 1st. It is a far cry from where he thought he would be last April, when he signed a contract extension through 2022 with Kansas State. The job at Tennessee was not expected to be available when he signed his extension, but after Hart retired as a result of contract disputes, the offer was too good to pass up.
Hart was not offered the extension and raise he desired from the university, and announced he would be officially retiring effective June 30th.
While the hiring of Currie has generally been accepted as a good hiring for Tennessee, some of the alumni and members of the fan base were not happy with the decision initially. The announcement was met with many wondering why the job wasn’t offered to former National Championship winning coach Phillip Fulmer.