UT coaches get extensions, Tommy Thigpen gets raise
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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has given one-year extensions to the assistants on Butch Jones’ football staff and has awarded linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen a $25,000 raise.

The contracts of Thigpen, offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, defensive coordinator John Jancek, receivers coach Zach Azzanni, tight ends/special teams coach Mark Elder, running backs coach Robert Gillespie, strength coach Dave Lawson, offensive line coach Don Mahoney, secondary coach Willie Martinez and defensive line coach Steve Stripling run through Feb. 28, 2016.

Thigpen’s raise means he will be making $375,000 per year. His contract also calls for the university to either provide him a courtesy vehicle or a $600 monthly vehicle allowance.

Rivals.com named Thigpen its national recruiter of the year in February after he helped Tennessee sign a class ranked in the top five by multiple services.

Auburn’s Barber diagnosed

recently with dyslexia

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Peyton Barber’s biggest battle these days is for a spot in Auburn’s tailback rotation.

The redshirt freshman has already been dealing with a learning disability. Barber said Tuesday he was diagnosed with ADHD in high school and dyslexia a few months ago.

He says he was tested after visiting an academic counselor because sometimes he’d find himself reading words backward.

The redshirt freshman says he told Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on his official recruiting visit that he had ADHD.

It made learning the playbook even more challenging initially than it is for the typical freshman.

Now, Barber is in the mix with Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant as the Tigers seek a replacement for Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason.