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It took just one season for Tennessee to feel some pressure about head coach Josh Heupel getting a bigger job elsewhere. 

The Volunteers, as a result, are putting their money where their mouth is. 

Heupel and Tennessee have agreed to a new contract extension that makes him the next $9 million man in college football. 

A well-earned extension for Heupel, who's looking to give the rest of the SEC a headache for years to come. 

"BREAKING: Tennessee has extended Josh Heupel's contract through January of 2029, where he'll make $9 million annually. Heupel's bump in pay is up $4 million from what he made in 2022," Volquest Staff wrote. 

"BREAKING Tennessee has extended Josh Heupel's contract through January of 2029. He moves into the top 10 nationally for coaching salaries up to $9 million annually," On3 wrote. 

"Our Coach! 2022 AP SEC Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year Finalist Josh Heupel has earned a contract extension through January 2029," Tennessee Football said. 

"Josh Heupel, who led @Vol_Football to its first 11-win season since 2001, has received a new deal that will pay him $9 million a year and extend him through the 2028 season, sources tell ESPN," said Chris Low. 

Tennessee will try and make some more noise out in SEC country this coming fall.