NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Clemson at Tennessee

Dec 30, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Josh Heupel looks on after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2022 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

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).

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