Mark Richt’s pay tied to incentives, as it should be

Mark Richt will need to have a high degree of success to increase his paycheck at Georgia. (AP photo)

Mark Richt will need to have a high degree of success to increase his paycheck at Georgia. (AP photo)

Mark Richt won 10 straight games last season, brought Georgia to the SEC championship for the first time in six years and generally allayed fears that the football program was starting to circle the drain.

But he is not going to get a raise, and that pretty much indicates where the bar has been set in Athens.

Richt’s contract extension is still not finalized. It unofficially has been stuck on “almost finished” longer than any document in American history.

The most intriguing part of the new deal won’t be contract length but the amount of Richt’s buyout, which is the best indicator of somebody’s job security. (It’s much easier to fire a coach with a $2 million buyout than a $10 million buyout.)  But athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Thursday that Richt won’t be receiving a raise in the new deal.

Speaking to the UGA’s athletic board at annual meetings in Greensboro, McGarity said Richt’s contract will include increased bonuses for SEC and BCS championships and simliar accomplishments. But the coach’s salary will remain at about $2.8 million.

“We want to reward excellence,” McGarity said, and if you have been paying attention, those words won’t surprise you.

McGarity recently fired gymnastics coach Jay Clark after only three years. Last football season, when many fans were going gaga over the Bulldogs’ 10-game winning streak, McGarity pointed out that the team was benefiting in part from a soft schedule. He was correct. But it nonetheless was surprising and refreshing to hear an administrator be so candid.

A recent story on McGarity by Chip Towers examined how he studied under Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, who dismissed at least 15 coaches while McGarity was in Gainesville.

Foley was quoted in the piece, saying: “All I know is when Greg and I worked together, one thing that he and I talked about — and I’ve got to think it’s part of his management philosophy — is you don’t necessarily judge a program on where it is today. I think you judge it on where it’s going to be or if it’s as good as it can be. Sometimes you evaluate programs and they may be OK. But there are certain places in the country — and Florida’s one and I think Georgia is one — where being OK isn’t satisfactory to people in leadership roles.”

Georgia has a chance to be pretty good this season and again will benefit from a schedule that will avoid Alabama, LSU and Arkansas. But high expectations means a higher bar for success. The fact Richt won’t be given a raise indicates McGarity believes he still has something to prove.

By Jeff Schultz

135 comments Add your comment

My 2 cents

May 24th, 2012
11:36 am

What! No bonus for beating Coastal Carolina by 50?

Spanky

May 24th, 2012
11:39 am

Regardless of what these trolls say, you’re spot on today,Jeff!! Was there any reaction from CMR?..good with this?…minutely miffed?..(crap, I just used the word “miffed”)…need coffee!!!

Land O' Lakes Dawg

May 24th, 2012
11:41 am

Dog fans should all be proud of our coach – one of the few concerned with the overall education of his student athletes. Maybe, one day there will be bonuses for GPA and APR (academic progress). Until then, Richt is the right man for UGA.

Bright Idea

May 24th, 2012
11:46 am

Jay Clark-3 years, not 2

The Ghost of Wally Butts

May 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Hot Dawg!

At least we have an Athletic Director more interested in holding coaches accountable than he is in tooling around Buckhead with red panties belonging to a “Tiger-Woods-Blonde” type.

Sic ‘Em McGarity!!

Jeff Schultz

May 24th, 2012
11:50 am

Bright Idea — Fixed, thanks.

girldawg

May 24th, 2012
11:55 am

I agree with McGarity… he is on the right track!

DawgEd

May 24th, 2012
11:55 am

This is good news.

I’m CMR fan, and believe the program is headed in the right direction. The contract needed to be extended for the good of the program/recruiting. But to have given him a raise based on the performance since the last contract update would have killed McGarity’s credibility on his “reward excellence” philosophy.

I hope CMR’s incentives are substantial, and that he gets to claim everyone of them.

UGA Insider

May 24th, 2012
11:55 am

I would say the seat is still hot but CMR is kicking azz this year in recruiting. Probably going to have the #1 class in the country by Feb.

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

But McGarity is the one that LOVES and creates Soft Schedules so how can he fault Richt for winning 10 games on the benefit of the SOFT Schedule?

Stop SCREWING the fans by making them pay for crappy home games against crappy teams. it will be fun to see how many Full Attendance Games UGa has this year with that pathetic home schedule.

Baddabing

May 24th, 2012
12:01 pm

McGarity is dead on. Those who were giddy about the 10 win season were brought to their knees by the whooping LSU put on them (2nd half) in the Championship Game. I like CMR and hope he does well, we need more people like him leading young people, but a raise was not warranted.

Dawg Obedience

May 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

Rewarding excellence is a good idea.

SimpleDawg

May 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

If the Dawgs attain the heights of rarified air of the SEC championship, then Richt’s bonuses should reflect those achievements. If the Dawgs play for the National Championship, then his bonuses should reflect that, also.

An extra $2.5 million should fund a bunch mission trips……

……and the additional wins should sooth the savage beasts.

toga

May 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

No raise means your gone. If he hasn’t proved himself to admin by now, only a NC will. That ain’t going happen. Can’t wait for MO to beat GA.

Roll Tide

Vain Jangling

May 24th, 2012
12:25 pm

I think I’m buying into McGarity’s management philosophy. Being self-employed, the harder I work, the more I’m going to pay myself. Plus, sometimes I set the bar kind of low, because I don’t want all my hard work to be all that hard. And I like the idea of incentives. Mine is, “No work – No pay!” Hence, I work. Hey, if this lawyering thing doesn’t continue to pan out, I could probably be a D1 coach. Or maybe a double naught spy. Beats work.

cattledawg

May 24th, 2012
12:28 pm

This makes sense to me. Jeff, you found a waffle house birdhouse yet?

Columbus Dawg

May 24th, 2012
12:29 pm

The offense will be lights out this year, along with even more improvement on D. Couple that with the hunger that the players SHOULD feel, and the SEC should be within reach. To get to Miami will require undefeated season, and a little luck from BCS tools. I think Richt really believes he has a formidable team this year, though. We’ll see.

Columbus Dawg

May 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

Oh, and by the way, toga is a blithering idiot.

Paul in NH

May 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

Bonuses for excellence on the field are a good idea, but there is no reason that part of a bonus cannot be tied to graduation rate and APR.

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

toga- Don’t sleep on that MO prediction son

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
12:37 pm

Trolling should come with a fine. toga- please pay $1 to the Jeff Schultz charity of choice for trolling on a UGA blog. Oh and you guys are still even with LSU 1-1. Saban= Mulligan Man

GTBob

May 24th, 2012
12:38 pm

As someone who has criticized Richt about a million times, I would say that McGarity is pretty spot on here. It’s good for UGA that they have an AD that isn’t as blind as its fans.

harold

May 24th, 2012
12:41 pm

IF YOU LOOK AT THE RECORD AND MOVE THE EMOTIONS OUT OF THE WAY RICHT IS NOT THE GUY TO TAKE UGA WHERE THEY WANT TO GO. CONSIDER THE FACTS:

FACT: RICHT IS 24-16 THE LAST THREE SEASONS.
FACT: RICHT IS 9-30 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS.
FACT: RICHT HAS NOT EVEN MADE IT TO THE BCS NATIONAL TITLE GAME
FACT: RICHT DID WELL WITH DONNANS PLAYERS DOWNHILL SINCE VAN GORDER LEFT
FACT: SABAN HAS MORE NATIONAL TITLES THAN UGA.
FACT: ALABAMA, LSU, AND FLORIDA ARE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAMS–UGA IS NOT!
FACT: TENNESSEE-ALABAMA–LSU—AUBURN–& FLORIDA HAVE BCS TITLES-NOT UGA!
FACT: JOHN CHAVIS AND UGA’S OWN KIRBY SMART “REJECTED” UGA OFFERS AS DC.
FACT: NICK SABAN & ALABAMA ARE KILLING UGA IN RECRUITING IN THEIR OWN STATE.
FACT: UGA FANS ARE HAPPY TO “DREAM” AND JUST COMPETE–NOT WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
FACT: IF UGA WANTS TO WIN NATIONAL TITLES LIKE BAMA & LSU—RICHT MUST GO!

GTBob

May 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

Bonuses for excellence on the field are a good idea, but there is no reason that part of a bonus cannot be tied to graduation rate and APR.

Im not fully against the APR incentive idea, but what does Richt really do in this regard? I am guessing the academics of the players are monitored by some group of people who tell Richt when someone is slipping. Richt then tells them to straighten up, or makes them run some laps, or whatever. Is that really worth a bonus? If Richt is actually sitting down and helping them with their Housing homework then I could see it, but a head football coach isn’t exactly an academic leader.

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
12:50 pm

If BONUSES are dependent on Graduation Rates more Football Factories will get a new course of study added that is so easy all the football players will take it. Remember the good-ole-days at UGa when Jan Kemp exposed the Joke of UGa academics for athletes or that test with the value of a 3 point shot? If Bonuses are part of graduation that will just start those days up again.

Paul in NH

May 24th, 2012
12:52 pm

GTBob
Since the HC controls who he offers scholarships, he has a great deal of influence over APR. Giving extra money for a good record on the field and none for a good academic record makes a statement about a university’s priorities.

Bill

May 24th, 2012
1:02 pm

Whats wrong with AJC Sports.Com..DOB and few more missing from front page….ajc needs to get it together. Thanks Jeff, I thought they had fired everyone.

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

Paul in NH- That statement has been made over and over again in big time college football. A D-1 or FCS university is to win football games 1. and 2. try to get the kids to pass their classes if possible.

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

Paul but that isn’t really true either. if the HC gives Scholarships to the best players in the South then do you really them staying long enough to graduate? many will not be the smartest students. They will take the minimum classes. Not always take classes in the summer either. If the players are really good they will play as freshman and leave after their Junior year. You can’t expect the Bonus for APR to be very big because if the team is winning and players are not graduating most of the fans will not care.

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
1:09 pm

My point 5150. That train left the station a long time ago.

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
1:10 pm

I love College Football, but it’s such a dirty game behind the scenes, I don’t care which team you root for.

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
1:14 pm

harold- Why must you type EVERYTHING in caps? Are you like 4ft tall and can never be heard over the adults in the room?

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 24th, 2012
1:23 pm

The only detail in his contract that matters is the buyout! Richt will never get UGA to the glass ball game…never. Without all the walkon players to help with the graduation rates you would see all your BS about academics at UGA is one complete joke but please continue your denial. It does make me nervous to think the AD is about to blowup the UGA HC position. We need Ray Goff #2 at UGA so please keep Richt for another 3-4 years anyway.

Buckeye

May 24th, 2012
1:24 pm

VOLS tight end arrested:

SEC!SEC!SEC!

Buckeye

May 24th, 2012
1:27 pm

Face it, dogs. You will either lose the SEC!SEC! Least to South Carolina or Vanderbilt or lose the Championship to one of the two teams that is the real SEC!SEC! Don’t bother showing up against College of Charleston or GSU or whoever else is on you cupcake of cupcakes schedule.

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

Buckeye……………..the count is now 58. What will be the final count by time the season starts?

In an interview Wednesday with campus newspaper The Lantern, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the athletic department has 12 pending NCAA violations in addition to the 46 self-reported secondary violations since May 31, 2011. The 46 secondary violations were released last week.

Buckeye

May 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

Hey dogs,

Are you going to Occupy Athens given Win With and Theodore Cleaver Grantham are 1%ers?

Aubie-won-knobi

May 24th, 2012
1:32 pm

Buckeye…and your point?

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

I think the contract is taking so long because McGarrity is so busy with scheduling. It is so hard to find those schools willing to come to Athens for money, then assume the position. He needs to get on the phone to Bill Curry, before they get too good to qualify.

bucket

May 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

One things for sure, whether UGA and CMR wins or loses all the folks with “UGA Obsession Disorder” will be on the ajc blogs to tell us how awful UGA is! You only hate the things that you fear.

bucket

May 24th, 2012
1:41 pm

I guess Buckeye’s point is that OSU and Big 10 or 12 or whatever players never get in trouble, oh wait… Nevermind! I have no clue what his point was.

Samuel P & Scooby Doo

May 24th, 2012
1:45 pm

$2.9MM guaranteed is exactly “incentive laden”

Keep doing what you do, you’ll keep getting what you get!

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
1:55 pm

Yes bucket- A list of those who are obsessed with UGA football and Richt MORE than the Dawg fans
SSIgator, harold, Still @ the Kool Aid Bar, Wet Willie Keep on Smiling. Crimson Crush, Tide Roll, GTBob

Hankie Aron

May 24th, 2012
1:55 pm

and I’m sure I didn’t name them all.!

Mako

May 24th, 2012
1:58 pm

5150 UOAD….that’s right if old PJ can’t beat em….Tech will out think em….I imagine that what scaring the crap out of Rad…that and how to pay the bonds on the lil’Mac joke of Coke

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
2:00 pm

Mako come back when you can post something that makes sense.

Buckeye

May 24th, 2012
2:20 pm

5150,

Here are some of the examples, across multiple sports, mind you.
Think the NCAA needs to rethink a few things?

• Football: The compliance office approved the use of mini basketballs during a football winter conditioning workout;

A former assistant football coach had an inadvertent contact or “bump” with a prospective student-athlete;

The program understood the aunt of a prospective student-athlete was his legal guardian and provided food and lodging expenses to her for the official visit;

An assistant coach inadvertently posted on the Facebook wall of a 2013 prospective student-athlete, believing at the time he was using the email inbox function of Facebook.

• Institutional: Two baseball prospective student-athletes arrived on campus for official visits before being placed on the request list;

Athletics financial aid agreements were issued to three prospective student-athletes without being signed by the financial aid director.

• Baseball: A prospective student-athlete in grade 12 registered and showed up for an Ohio State camp for participants in grades 9-11 even though he was told he was not eligible to compete at the camp. A T-shirt was given to the individual to defuse the situation when he got upset that he couldn’t compete;

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

Buckeye….haha but it shows a pattern doesn’t it? You seem to think so if it was the SEC.

Jeff Schultz

May 24th, 2012
2:41 pm

Cattledawg — I’m still on the lookout for one.

Gary

May 24th, 2012
2:50 pm

FACT: harold STOP YELLING.
FACT: UGA fans who love to complain will live to reget it if CMR is pushed out the door. No Georgia coach has performed as well as this guy. You are not likely to find a better coach willing to come to Georgia and compete in the SEC. We could very easily end up like Tennessee & Mississippi State & Arkanasas (possibly Florida) regretting our coaching change. 1 school wins and NC each year, the rest shoot for the best they can do. Georgia is and will be a best they can do school until we get the luck of schedule, the right players at the right time, and a avoid key injuries. There is only one Saban and he is not coming to Georgia. Everyone else is just lucky to hold the crystal trophy. Some other team had to loose, some one and done player showed up, some major team got upset, the voters left another good team out and picked one, etc. There are things Georgia can control other things they can’t. One day it all may click but probably not. Be happy with SEC’s and Sugar Bowls or fire the coach and go back to the days when you were just happy to upset a team rahther than being the team people are trying to beat. Guy wins ten games in the SEC is a good coach. He had LSU, SC, and Michigan St. on the ropes and the players (interceptions, dropped balls, missed field goals, and missed coverage) gave those away. Too many points left on the field. The comback against Florida was impressive considering the history. The performance against Auburn was perfect. Tech, Kentucky, and Vandy sure don’t like Richt. Bosie cleaned our clock. It was a young team that needed time. CMR did a great job last year. I only hope he is around to keep the momentum going. Or we could hire D. Dooley.