The only football line where UGA rules in SEC: Bottom line

Georgia's defensive line and their offensive brethren got pushed around last season, the new strength coach acknowledges. (The State)

Georgia's defensive line and their offensive brethren got pushed around last season, the new strength coach acknowledges. (The State)

The Dogs’ offensive and defensive lines might have gotten pushed around pretty regularly this past season, but in the most recent financial figures available Georgia’s football program ruled the bottom line in the SEC, according to Forbes magazine.

UGA ranked No. 1 in the conference in football profitability in 2009-2010 according to U.S. Department of Education data, and it wasn’t even close. Georgia’s profit of $52.5 million was $8 more than second-place Florida netted. In fact, Georgia was the second most profitable football program in the country, behind only Texas.

In terms of overall revenue from gate receipts, broadcast revenues, appearance guarantees and options, concessions, and advertising, Alabama ranked tops in the SEC at $71.8 million, with Georgia second at $70.8 million.

But while Alabama was also the top spender in the SEC on grants-in-aid, salaries, travel, equipment, and supplies at $31.1 million, Georgia was only seventh in spending at $18.3 million. Thus, Georgia made more profit by spending less money on its football program than Bama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, South Carolina and even Arkansas!

Forbes notes that Georgia put just 25.8 percent of its football revenue back into the program. Meanwhile, the 2009 BCS champion, Alabama, was putting 43.3 percent back into its program, and the 2010 BCS winner, Auburn, invested 42.2 percent.

Asks Forbes: “Is there perhaps a correlation between this and results on the field? Georgia went 7-5 in 2009 and just 6-6 in 2010. … Take a look at the teams ahead of Georgia in terms of expenses. In 2010, Georgia lost to every team they played who spent more than them in 2009: Florida, Arkansas and South Carolina.”

Ouch.

It’s worth noting here that Georgia’s football program just moved into its plush new digs in the Butts-Mehre building, newly expanded to the tune of $39.5 million. That includes a fancy new weight room to replace the trailers Georgia’s weight program was operating out of the past year and a half.

Let’s hope we see some on-the-field dividends from that investment in the coming season — or UGA may be having to spend some money … to buy out the remainder of Mark Richt’s contract.

Speaking of the weight program, the Macon Telegraph had an interesting interview with new strength coach Joe Tereshinski, in which amid all the typical off-season rah-rah talk of getting tougher he acknowledged the Dogs had been dominated on the lines in recent years. “The film doesn’t lie,” he said. “I’m the video coordinator, I see every play. Yeah, we were not winning the line of scrimmage.”

In reviewing all that game film, Tereshinksi said, he saw “where we were getting beat. I do see where our weaknesses are. And so that’s what we are attacking. We are attacking where we’ve been weak.”

Tereshinski also noted the coming season “is a very critical year for the program, for the University of Georgia. … It is very critical for our coaching staff. We all wanna stay here, we love this, we want to do our job, we want to win, and we want to do right by our kids.”

What do you think? Besides the new facility, where else does UGA need to be spending some of those profits to keep up with the teams from the state to our immediate west?

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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

205 comments Add your comment

Phil

January 27th, 2011
10:45 am

Good article and FIRST

Uga Duck

January 27th, 2011
10:50 am

Coulda bought Cam with all that money!

JMar

January 27th, 2011
10:50 am

Glad you pointed out the difference between profit and expenditures. The GT trash-talkers don’t seem to think there’s a difference.

DogFan1992

January 27th, 2011
10:52 am

DogFan1992

January 27th, 2011
10:53 am

Fail… I has a sad

social circle dawg

January 27th, 2011
10:54 am

Somebody had better light a fire if they don’t want to lose their jobs coaching at UGA.

Ryan

January 27th, 2011
10:54 am

Maybe we should pay our QB? :)

Flyin' Dawg

January 27th, 2011
10:56 am

I saw the photos of the new indoor practice facility (Notice I did not say field). Why don’t they invest in a new indoor practice field? Seems that would help. A 20 yard long field does not help much. WHat can you do? Run one of Bobo’s patented third and long HB Draws over and over?

bruce mac

January 27th, 2011
10:58 am

Joe T seems like the right guy for the job. Honest, recognizes the issues, and ready to fix it. I like it, Go Dawgs.

bdaamwag

January 27th, 2011
11:00 am

Is it a lack of spending money? Or a general lack of heart. You be the judge. Great things in 2011! (hopefully)

Dawg_Mike

January 27th, 2011
11:02 am

Saw the Butts Mehre renovation photos. Awesome. Good use of $$.

Now lets get back to work and GATA

Bill

January 27th, 2011
11:04 am

That was a very good article. Very informative and interesting.

george

January 27th, 2011
11:06 am

The only investment that would make a difference on the field is coaching…..

I would like to see them invest in a TV network,,,,,their current converge just stink compared to the Falcons.

SportsFanatic

January 27th, 2011
11:09 am

UGA reinvests only 25.8% of its revenue back into the program while AU and Bama pony up 42.2% and 43.3% respectively and both have winning records over the past two seasons. Hey McGarity, are you getting it now?

JMar

January 27th, 2011
11:16 am

George – I don’t believe the Dogs can do anything about the television coverage; that’s an SEC deal.

UGA Alumnus

January 27th, 2011
11:16 am

“Georgia’s profit of $52.5 million was $8 more than second-place Florida netted.”?

8 dollars isn’t a lot more money is it? When you’re talking about tens of millions I think an $8 difference is not really “more”.

So we sold one more hot dog and coke than Florida? Woohoo! At least we finally beat them at something!

UGA Alumnus

January 27th, 2011
11:17 am

We could pay for a drivers ed program for the football team.

CANTONDAWG

January 27th, 2011
11:19 am

The lack of spending is very obvious in the coaching staff. CMR make 2.8 million which ranked 5th behind NS, UM, BP, and LM. I’m sure Chizik will bump him down to 6th now. CTG makes 750,000 which is very good for a DC but the rest of the staff is underpaid. CSS just about doubled his salary to go to Texas. We are not paying the best for assistants so we are not getting the best assistants. How can a program that is the 2nd most profitable and 3rd most in revenue spend so little compared to the others. If we demand this program to compete for NC then we gotta put up the money

1eyedJack

January 27th, 2011
11:19 am

“Thus, Georgia made more profit by spending less money on its football program than Bama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, South Carolina and even Arkansas!”

Might I add that we also finished behind those guys in the standings. Maybe we need to spend some money.

CANTONDAWG

January 27th, 2011
11:21 am

I’m excited about Coach T taking over the weight training program. He’s tough and old school and will instill discipline into our team. His honesty is refreshing. I don’t really know what’s happened to our weight training program the last couple of years but it looks like it’s back on track

KeepDreaming

January 27th, 2011
11:21 am

Good Article Bill. I think it is also important to note, since UGA ranks dead last in putting money back into our football program, maybe its going to other sports, say Swimming & Diving, Gymnastics, Tennis!?!?! Is this why we have pretty much dominated those sports???

Old Dawg

January 27th, 2011
11:22 am

With this kind of money in the bank, it’s time to build the indoor practice facility!

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:24 am

Just saw the new recruiting rankings. Auburn jumped to number 4. Not sure where UGA was….didn’t really matter.

UGA Alumnus

January 27th, 2011
11:24 am

@SportsFanatic
January 27th, 2011
11:09 am

I don’t know the numbers but I wonder how much of that is being reinvested into other programs? If you look at the rest of our athletic programs we have had a lot of success. We’ve won back to back national titles in Gymnastics and Equestrian competition, our baseball team over the past decade has been excellent, our tennis teams have dominated, etc.

And a side note:
It’s not until the past 2 season that our football team has been kinda bad.
But when you lose two of your star offensive players in the top 5 of the NFL draft, I think maybe 2 years isn’t much of a recovery time. (Assuming we can recover).

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:25 am

“What do you think? Besides the new facility, where else does UGA need to be spending some of those profits to keep up with the teams from the state to our immediate west?”

Well, it seems like a lot of money will go the the Clarke County jail.

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:26 am

“Georgia went 7-5 in 2009 and just 6-6 in 2010. … Take a look at the teams ahead of Georgia in terms of expenses. ”

Yeah, those other teams have what is known as “good coaching.”

BG

January 27th, 2011
11:26 am

We could have paid Cam 400k!!

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:26 am

“Might I add that we also finished behind those guys in the standings. ”

BEHIND????? UGA didn’t finish anywhere near the top 30!!!!!!!!!!

UGA Alumnus

January 27th, 2011
11:27 am

@Old Dawg
January 27th, 2011
11:22 am

I read an article about a past coach at Oregon requesting and receiving an indoor practice facility from Nike’s Phil Knight.

But I’ve never really understood how an indoor practice facility can improve a team.

How do you think it would help?

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:27 am

“We could have paid Cam 400k!!”

To use him as a wide receiver?

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kaput

January 27th, 2011
11:31 am

The numbers aren’t accurate and so the report is bogus. But heck, who cares about the truth anymore?

1eyedJack

January 27th, 2011
11:33 am

Nick Fairley don’t deserve to smell UGA VIII’s $#!t.

No, Nick...

January 27th, 2011
11:34 am

…as a tight end, per Richt’s recruiting evaluation…

Actually, ...

January 27th, 2011
11:35 am

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UGA Alumnus

January 27th, 2011
11:35 am

@Nick Fairley Owns UGA
January 27th, 2011
11:26 am

Some times teams go through slumps. Texas is the most profitable program in the country, and i’m pretty sure they invest a lot back into football. Just like UGA, they have good coaching. Yet they finished 5-7 for the season.

And just like UGA they recently lost their star QB.

It takes time to rebuild and regroup.

We will recover from losing Stafford and Moreno, but it’s only been two seasons.

Look at what happened to Florida after losing Tebow. We did better after losing Stafford, than Florida did after losing Tebow.

You don’t lose your star QB and not pay a price for a year or two. UGA, Florida, Texas, etc. are prime examples.

D A DoubleU G

January 27th, 2011
11:36 am

Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all!!!!

npgator

January 27th, 2011
11:36 am

Good thing the bottom line wasn’t based on performance.

chiefdawg

January 27th, 2011
11:36 am

maybe UGA could start doing some church work. AKA/Cam Newton. I hear Ray Drew is a preacher.

Actually, UGA Alumnus (oops), ...

January 27th, 2011
11:36 am

…that should be $8MILLION more than UF, not 8 DOLLARS more (per the original story in the AJC)…

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:36 am

“Nick Fairley don’t deserve to smell UGA VIII’s $#!t.”

Why would a number one draft prospect want to smell an ugly dog’s crap? Especially one that is from a really really bad football school.

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:40 am

“Some times teams go through slumps.”

Sometimes is one word, UGA Alum. Yes, and sometimes teams have really bad coaching.

“And just like UGA they recently lost their star QB. ”

What star did UGA lose?

“We will recover from losing Stafford and Moreno, but it’s only been two seasons. ”

Stafford left before UGA went 8-5 before the 2009 season. Not sure what that has to do with 2010.

“Look at what happened to Florida after losing Tebow. ”

They finished with a better record than UGA.

“You don’t lose your star QB and not pay a price for a year or two.”

The last time UGA won a title was in 1980. I guess UGA’s slump has been 31 years? Kind of a long slump if you ask me.

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:40 am

“maybe UGA could start doing some church work.”

Isn’t that what CMR does now?

Cohutta Dawgman

January 27th, 2011
11:42 am

With that much profit it looks like we could afford better players.

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sogadog

January 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Good stuff Mr. King. The best investment we could make would be in a weight room which it appears we have done and in hiring top notch assistant coaches which we have done by hiring Grantham and company. Whether these two investments pay off remains to be seen. We also need to invest in strength and conditioning coaches and baby sitters to keep the players out of trouble, academic and otherwise.

F. Sinkwich

January 27th, 2011
11:47 am

“But I’ve never really understood how an indoor practice facility can improve a team.”

Uh, recruiting?

Nick Fairley Owns UGA

January 27th, 2011
11:47 am

“With that much profit it looks like we could afford better players.”

With that much profit it looks like we could afford better coaches. FYT

heady

January 27th, 2011
11:47 am

I’m sure the “Dream Team” (aka Titanic Jazz Band) will solve all UGA’s problems.

Mobile Dawg

January 27th, 2011
11:53 am

Did I read that right, one of the top six paid Head Coaches in the country, and he’s been asleep at the wheel? You “blind homers” keep right on supporting old “Coach Richt”. I woulda run his you know what out of town. He’s paid big bucks to oversee this program, he’s failed….