Memphis extends HC Ryan Silverfield through 2028

Memphis announced Tuesday it and head coach Ryan Silverfield agreed to a contract extension through the 2028 season.

Silverfield will be paid $2.2 million in 2024 before seeing $250,000 increases over the next two years, then will receive $2.6 million in 2027 before a $100,000 increase entering the final year of the new deal, according to a release.

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“It’s an honor and a privilege to be the head football coach at the University of Memphis,” Silverfield stated in a release. “I am excited and appreciative of the commitment to continue moving forward with the progress of our football program.”

According to a release, “compensation is allocated as $200,000 in base salary per year with the remaining amount as non-salary compensation divided equally between radio and television appearance availability and public relations, public service and public speaking appearance availability,” and also includes “incentives and bonuses” based on team performance.

Silverfield has been head coach of the Tigers since 2020. He took over for current Florida State skipper Mike Norvell, and the two coached together when Silverfield oversaw the offensive line.

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Silverfield guided Memphis to its fifth 10-win season in his fourth year in 2023. The Tigers went 6-2 in the American Athletic Conference and earned a Liberty Bowl victory over Iowa State.

A two-time recipient of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year, Silverfield became the first Memphis head coach to be named to that honor twice upon his recognition after last season.

“We are extremely excited to make this commitment to Coach Silverfield to keep him leading our football program into the future,” University of Memphis Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Laird Veatch stated in a release. “Coach Silverfield guided the team to one of the best seasons in program history in 2023 and we believe he’s laid the foundation to help Memphis ascend even higher in the expanded College Football Playoff era.”