The Vols Are About To Pay Kevin Steele An Obscene Amount Of Money For Two Weeks Of Work

According to, Kevin Steele is about to make an obscene amount of money from the University of Tennessee for about two weeks of work as the acting head football coach. Steele was hired January 18 to run the football program on a temporary basis. His guaranteed contract called for two years and $450,000 annually.

Yep, he's about to get all of that and a flurry of thanks as the Vols program under new leadership send him on his way. New head coach Josh Heupel and new GM Danny White have opted not to retain the defensive coordinator, leaving the school with a contract to pay.

Back in January, however, the Vols were singing a different tune:

“Although he only recently joined the Volunteers, he has the right leadership experience, having been a former head coach at Baylor and defensive coordinator at Auburn. He also served as the interim head coach at Auburn and is widely considered a top recruiter,” Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman said. “Coach Steele has deep Volunteer roots, having played here and coached here in the past. We will give him the support he needs to keep the program moving forward toward success.”

Steele will also make an additional $2 million per year from Auburn over the next two years as part of his termination on a guaranteed contract. Add it all up and Steele is set to make $2.9 million over the next two years for sitting on his couch.

Not bad work if you can get it.

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Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America. Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league. Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.