Monday, July 7, 2008

Around the SEC (7/7)

Hope you all had a great weekend July 4th weekend. The Sports VU will be back in full force this week as we begin counting down the days until the Commodores' season opener August 28 at Miami (OH).

Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer received a new 7-year contract that averages $2.99 million and includes retention bonuses and incentive bonuses. The Ace Reporter (Jimmy Hyams) at Mr. SEC has three major problems with the deal:
One, he’s getting paid too much based on what UT has achieved recently.

Two, UT should have protected itself by lowering the buyout. Fulmer’s buyout formula is the same as before: One full year of the contract, plus $1 million plus the remaining years of the contract times the base salary.

Third, Fulmer gets an automatic one-year extension if UT wins eight games. Are you kidding? Have Tennessee’s standards dropped that low? Since when is an eight-win season in Knoxville worth rewarding?

The Tennessean's David Climer feels the same way, saying "the bar has been set at 8-4."

Mississippi State is the first school in the country to include Academic Progress Report clauses in the multi-year contracts of their coaches. [Clarion Ledger via Mr. SEC]

Several Volunteers, including Tyler Smith and incoming recruits Scotty Hopson and Bobby Maze, competed in a summer league and Mike Griffith of The Knoxville News Sentinel has the full scouting report.

UK signee DeAndre Liggins is still waiting to hear if he'll be eligible to play for the Wildcats this season. [Courier-Journal]


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