December 14, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has given Butch Jones a $500,000 raise that will increase his annual pay to $4.1 million.

The school announced the raise Monday. Jones didn't receive an extension, as his contract continues to run through the 2020 season.

''We have the right leader to get us to our ultimate destination, and we are rewarding him accordingly,'' athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement.

Jones is 20-17 in three seasons at Tennessee and 70-44 in nine seasons overall. Tennessee is 8-4 this season, which marks the first time the Volunteers have won more than seven games in a year since 2007.

The Vols will carry a five-game winning streak into the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against No. 12 Northwestern (10-2) at Tampa, Florida.

Tennessee's average home attendance of 100,584 this season was its highest since 2008 and an 11.8-percent increase over where it was the year before his arrival.

''We've had a supportive administration led by Dave Hart and Chancellor (Jimmy) Cheek,'' Jones said. ''We all win with this. ''I think it's an illustration of the support that they have given us ever since we came here. It's gratifying. They see what we're building.''

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AP college website: collegefootball.ap.org

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