MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis has agreed to a five-year extension with coach Ryan Silverfield, keeping him under contract through the 2028 season.

Athletic director Laird Veatch announced the deal Tuesday. Silverfield has worked at Memphis the past eight seasons, the last four as head coach. He went 10-3 capped with a 36-26 win over Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl sponsored by AutoZone, marking just the fifth 10-win season in program history.

“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,” Veatch said in a statement.

Silverfield has capped each of his first four full seasons with bowl victories, which also is the most for any coach in Memphis history. He ranks second at Memphis with 31 wins, which is tied for fourth nationally among coaches hired in 2020.

“I am excited and appreciative of the commitment to continue moving forward with the progress of our football program,” Silverfield said.

The deal will pay Silverfield $2.2 million this season, $2.25 million for 2025, $2.5 million in 2026, $2.6 million in 2027 and $2.7 million for 2028 not counting bonuses and incentives.


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