Big buyout ties Grantham to Dogs

Georgia obviously doesn’t want to be looking for a new defensive coordinator again anytime soon.

UGA’s three-year, $750,000-per-year deal with newly hired Todd Grantham would make it expensive for him to leave for anything other than a head-coaching job.

According to a memorandum of understanding signed by Grantham and UGA officials —  a copy of which was obtained Tuesday by the AJC under the state’s Open Records Act — Grantham would owe Georgia more than $1 million if he were to resign within the next year for any reason other than to become an NFL or NCAA Division I head coach.

While he would be allowed to leave without penalty for such a head-coaching job, he would owe Georgia 75 percent of the amount remaining on his contract if he were to leave before Feb. 1, 2011, for any other reason, such as to take another coordinator job.

For example, if he were to resign in January 2011, he’d owe Georgia 75 percent of the approximately $1.5 million that would remain on his contract at that point – or approximately $1.125 million.

His buyout would decrease sharply later in the term of the contract.

If Grantham were to resign between Feb. 1, 2011, and Feb. 1, 2012, he’d owe UGA 20 percent of the amount remaining on the contract. If he were to quit after Feb. 1, 2012, he would owe UGA 15 percent of the remaining amount.

Other details in the memorandum:

–  If Grantham is fired without cause by UGA, he would be paid all remaining base salary ($300,000 per year) and supplemental income ($450,000 per year) through Jan. 31, 2013.

–  Like Georgia’s other assistant football coaches, Grantham will be eligible for a series of bonuses tied to his base salary and the team’s on-field performance.  He’ll get 25 percent of his base salary if the Bulldogs win the BCS national-title game, 20 percent if they lose the BCS title game, 17 percent if they play in a  BCS bowl other than the title game, 14 percent if they play in the Capital One Bowl, 10 percent if they play in the Outback, Chick-fil-A or Cotton Bowl, or 8 percent if they play in any other bowl.  In addition, he’ll receive a bonus of 13 percent of his base salary if the Dogs win the SEC Championship Game, 6 percent if they lose the SEC title game, or 3.5 percent if they are SEC East co-champs but don’t play in the title game.  The percentages in all of those bonuses are the same as in the contracts of Georgia’s other assistant coaches.

–  He’ll be provided a car or a car allowance of $600 per month.

– He’ll receive up to $1,600 worth of clothes and shoes from Nike each year.

– He’ll be required to make  eight promotional appearances or endorsements per year with payments to be retained by the Athletic Association. In addition, he’ll be required to make six unpaid appearances  at Bulldog Club meetings or fund-raising events each year.

Georgia announced the hiring of Grantham on Friday as its new defensive coordinator. He has been an assistant coach in the NFL for the past 11 seasons, including the past two as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive-line coach and the previous three as the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator.

Grantham signed the memorandum of understanding on Thursday night. UGA President Michael Adams and athletics director Damon Evans signed it on Saturday.

In response to an open-records request for newly hired defensive-backs coach Scott Lakatos‘  contract, Georgia said no written documentation yet exists.  (Lakatos will receive $180,000 under a one-year contract, UGA said Monday.) UGA also said there are no written documents pertaining to the offer of the DC job to Kirby Smart, who declined the position three days before Grantham accepted it.

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144 comments Add your comment

UGA DAWGS

January 19th, 2010
3:49 pm

Sounds like Richt has “his guy” locked in for a while.

DEVILDAWG85

January 19th, 2010
3:49 pm

UGA DAWGS

January 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

No, you weren’t first. Stop saying that you morons.

GeoffDawg

January 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

Wow, that’s a bigger buyout than Lane Kiffin had at UT. They must think a lot of him.

nickz

January 19th, 2010
3:55 pm

first…haha…just make to people mad

UGA DAWGS

January 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

Good job nickz, way to make a comment relevant to no one.

nickz

January 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

With an improved defense and better QB (I think it’s a lock to say anyone we have is better than Cox), the SEC East title should be easily attainable.

nickz

January 19th, 2010
3:58 pm

It’s relevant to you!

UGA DAWGS

January 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

Was your inane comment relevant? I doubt it. I’m guessing you never actually attended UGA. One of these south georgia hicks who never went to college but “loves them dawgs”. Yeah, the people in Athens hate you.

nickz

January 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

Nice try…Graduating UGA in 2006…I just think it’s just as a waste of time to write “First” as it is to write “stop writing First” to people…

nickz

January 19th, 2010
4:03 pm

Haha…Graduated I meant…geez, you would have thought I went to Auburn…

DawginLex

January 19th, 2010
4:06 pm

I only hope that the team performs well enough to warrant no coaching changes next year. If the offense flops with 10 returning starters and the defense carries the load, Grantham could be the head coach and bobo and richt will be looking for work.

I hope we win 10, 11 or 12 games and the staff stays intact and we can quit this griping about Coach Richt.

Villa Rica DAWG

January 19th, 2010
4:09 pm

I like Nickz. He said what I was thinking.

ATL Fan

January 19th, 2010
4:15 pm

Is it too late to say First?

nickz

January 19th, 2010
4:16 pm

Haha…well played ATL Fan

SoCal Dawg

January 19th, 2010
4:17 pm

UGA DAWGS seems like a real prick!

Bremen Dawg

January 19th, 2010
4:29 pm

No written documents to Smart, WOW, he was playing UGA or those got shredded.

Jesup Dawg (one of the hated south Ga fan)

January 19th, 2010
4:32 pm

Southern Dawg

January 19th, 2010
4:37 pm

Better UGA DAWGS sounds like a tool bag, i’m from south ga (golden isles) come on down here!! We’ll glady show you a lesson in manners. I was born in Athens and grew up there as a Kid and people in Athens hated people like you. Where does it say just because you don’t go to school somewhere you can’t support the school. It’s the University of Georgia, it’s state pride, and culture, but since you didn’t grow up like a southern you probably wouldn’t understand that. Where do you think the University would be everyday without fan support?? Fans buying merch, tickets, donating money.

DawginAthens

January 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

UGA DAWGS’ hubris is unbelievable. I’m one of “these South Georgia hicks” who “loves them Dawgs” and actually attended all 4yrs at Georgia. I’m assuming he’s one of a multitude of jackasses from the greater metro Atlanta area that assumes superior intelligence over their South Georgia brethren based upon the fact that they have a less-Southern accent than do I. Just because he phones home to Marietta with a long vowel ‘o’ as opposed to when I phone home south of 16 with a short vowel ‘o’ is to his eternal betterment and my eternal detriment. Wow, so relevant. The people in South Georgia hate you Yankees from Atlanta.

PowerDawg

January 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

nickz-
I appreciate your enthusiasm but I don’t believe there is any such thing as “easily” attaining the East title. Even in down or rebuilding years Fla, Tenn, and SC will always be tough games and they all hate us. But the feelings are mutual and we will definitely have the more complete team this year.

Should be fun.

FL Dawg

January 19th, 2010
4:47 pm

Bremen, no “Smart documents” jumped out at me as well. I don’t think he played UGA and I don’t think any documents ever existed. Rather we allowed our minds to dream and conjure up illusions of granduer in “Smartgate”, with the deafing silence out of Athens during those days. I also question how “in the bag” Smart ever was.

stw

January 19th, 2010
4:54 pm

To all the idiots who claim to be first, etc.—Your mothers should not let you close to their computer

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

Yes…with returning talent like Bicarri Rambo, Boykin, Smith, Gamble, Dent, Hebron, Ealey, King, a DEEP o-line (anderson and Davis are monsters and sturdivant will be healthy for once) A.J. Green, Rontavious Wooten, Marlon Brown, Orson Charles, Aron White, Shaun Chapas, Fred Muzenmeier and a host of new recruiting talents like Murray and Mettenberger, this is going to be the team to beat…in 2011. I just don’t see us taking florida just b/c meyer might be leaving and they graduated enough players to make any three other teams in FBS DivI football.

German Shepherd Dawg

January 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

The only thing more inane and irrelevant than “First” is the score of last year’s game with GT. St. Simons was a dweeb, so why anyone would want to act like him is beyond me.

I’m with UGADawgs up until the hate in Athens remark. Then I become Rodney King – Can’t we just all get along (and talk football or remain “silent”?)

Quickly scanning 22 comments, and over half of them claim “first” for reasons completely unknown to me. Shame on Bradley for encouraging the silliness.

For the record, I’m from south Georgia and I don’t hate anybody – not even Osama bin Laden,… although I wouldn’t be the least bit upset if he’s dead. Now let’s talk about an off the wall comment that has no business in a sports blog!

What position coach is left to hire? I like what I’ve read about the new secondary coach. From his resume, had Reshad Jones stayed in school another year, he might have finished more plays in the same zip code with the receiver making the catch. He definitely could have been coached up, methinks-without protesting too much.

FL Dawg

January 19th, 2010
5:03 pm

Easy “dawg in athens”, I’m from metro atlanta, native georgian, uga graduate, proud man card carrier etc. Please don’t lump us all together as dumb nuts(UGA Dawgs) did all of the faithful brothern from South Georgia. I’ll stand beside you anyday against any gayturd, kiffinteer (ooppps hes gone now, no more jokes about him) or anyone else. Point being, we ain’t all like that, even those of us from north of the Macon – Dixon line. GO DAWGS!!!

Big John

January 19th, 2010
5:09 pm

Good compensation plan:
1- reward loyalty
2- reward exceptional performance with HEFTY Bonuses

Grantham is better suited personality wise for the college game. Grantham will be around Georgia for 10+ years, like a Bud Foster, his fiery personality and animated physicality is a better fit for the college game–NFL guys have been saying that for years. Grantham’s a BIG Mark Richt kind of guy–Grantham doesn’t care for the Saban’s of the world, that’s why he turned down the opportunity to DC for Saban. Richt was the X Factor.

Grantham clearly likes the ability to go out and get the top talent he wants, instead of having to make use of the talent the NFL owners gives you. Georgia offers some of the best talent in the country–top 5 in recruiting almost every year, #4 this year. Kiffin likes this about college too vs. NFL–you can draft your dream team every year.

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
5:13 pm

Our biggest struggle next year will be the 3-4 transition…if rennie had stayed an extra year, hebron would have him inside and we’d have gamble and dent on the outside…which is what I’ve always wanted anyway since there is such depth at linebacker in Georgia’s ranks…however we have no nose takle. Kade Weston would have been perfect, but abry jones and deangelo tyson are too undersized for the position…which means that its down to ricarrdo crawford (who sux) or kwame geathers, a true sophomore phenom (his brother is the same from the cincinatti bengals who played for georgia) and a manchild at 6-6 330lbs.

innocent bystander

January 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

I hate all the interceptions Joe threw and the 5 losses as much as anyone but to say that any qb would be better than Joe Cox is unfair to the lad. If he’d thrown one more td he would have tied Matthew Stafford for tds in a season-the #1 NFL draft pick. We had a bad year compared to what we hoped for. The LSU game was ours to win and Kentucky and OSU were really painful unnecessary losses. But it’s not all on Joe.Hopefully our two young running backs will have a Williams/Brown or McFadden/Jones type year behind a seasoned offensive line and the new coaches will resurrect the Junkyard days. Go Dawgs.

now tha't funny

January 19th, 2010
5:16 pm

East Side!!!

Without-a-clue

January 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

Do you immature dweebs(of ALL school alliances)revel in making the blogs irrelevant and a waste of time for everyone who has passed puberty?

DawginAthens

January 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

I’m well aware FL Dawg that all Atlantans aren’t like UGA DAWG. I date an Auburn grad from Roswell which would be a double indictment of her character if I truly believed all Atlantans are idiots. As it is, the only current indictment against her is that she went to Auburn. The main thing that provoked my ire was the comment alluding to his belief in an exclusivity of some ‘Georgia fan fraternity’ the requirements of which are apparently matriculation and/or graduation from said university. If his nose is so high in the air because he’s used to attempting to avoid the stench around College Station, all is forgiven. Otherwise, he needs a heavy dose of humility lest he forget that he did actually go to a state school which isn’t exactly “The Harvard of the South” no matter what Michael Adams may have you believe.

now tha't funny

January 19th, 2010
5:20 pm

We have to have a larger committment to the running game. Get the fullbacks involved and become a running team. Seriously, what is Richt’s record when we rush for 100 yds?

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

qb situation is only a problem b/c there’s so much talent and only one spot…logan gray is moving to reciever which means that its gonna be heads up in spring practice btw mettenberger, murray, and hutson mason…I CANT WAIT FOR THE SPRING!!!

Big John

January 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

Nobody’s worried about our offense, we get 28-32 points a game 2007-2009.

It’s our defense that needs help, and Mark Richt is solving that problem.

I LOVE the emphasis on defense.

Big John

January 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

Tim-

Good work on these posts. Thanks for going the extra mile and providing inside stuff for us.

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
5:29 pm

I can’t wait for motez robinson to mature some…him longo, houston, and dobbs are gonna tear it up under DCG for sure!!

First!!!

January 19th, 2010
5:32 pm

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

And who is the Harvard of the South? Vanderbilt??? If its btw their SEC record and ours, and having a few more poet’s laureate elected from UGA, ill take the extra point, thank you.

PowerDawg

January 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

I know some folks have to live in and around Atlanta because of their jobs, but damn! I swear I would rather live ANYWHERE else in the state and commute.

That place is a pus hole, man.

It takes good, honest and generally nice people and turns them into arrogant, self-serving pr!cks that think they are more important than everyone else. Apparently they believe they’re smarter and richer than most, too.

It’s a plague.

The traffic. The crime. The daily outbreaks of the a$$hole Flu.

No thanks. The so-called great food, amazing night-life and white-hot social scene are just are not that important to me… and certainly do not out weigh the aforementioned negatives.

Your welcome to it.

PowerDawg

January 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

Speel chck mus be bustd. Ment to writ “You’re welcomed to it”. My baad! I am frum South Gorja.

Big John

January 19th, 2010
5:40 pm

Not hard to win if your defense holds the other guys to 11 or 12 points a game like Fla and Bama.

With Georgia averaging 29-32 points a game on offense 2007-2009, all we need to do is get that defense under control and baby, LOOK OUT!

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
5:41 pm

Ill take it. I’m a metro-atlanta native (extremely down-to-earth, like my south georgia family raised me to be) but i’ve been living in southern california having to bounce btw san diego and LA for the past seven years. The crap I dealt with in Atlanta is a wet-dream compared to these a-holes.

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
5:44 pm

Post Script- most of these “USC” fans like my wife still think that Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush play here. God, give me sweet tea and a moonpie!

Without-a-clue

January 19th, 2010
5:51 pm

I don’t live in Atlanta anymore. Happiness was 285 in my rear-view window. I don’[t even live in Georgia, anymore. But, in English 101(taken at Athens) I learned that “your” means things that belong to “you”; and “you’re” is a contraction for “you are” such as “You’re welcome…”

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE

January 19th, 2010
5:52 pm

Awesome, glad to have Grantham aboard & locked in. Kirby Smart & Muschamp would have jumped ship at the first available H/C position. Grantham sounds like he is gonna GATA!

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
6:09 pm

CMR made the right move…we’ve always churned out star defensive linemen like it was our job…and even with all the excellent stand-out players we’ve had in the secondary (see asher allen, prince miller, champ bailey, k.johnson) we haven’t finished in the top half of the ncaa in pass defense in over half a decade! Willie’s bend don’t break soft-cover zone might have worked in the scoring defense category a few years ago when he could cheat his talent, but in today’s spread attack based realm against teams like florida and auburn, we’re sunk without a solid inside pass rush and corners that can jam larger recievers

UGAmutt

January 19th, 2010
6:14 pm

anyway, gotta run guys…try reading a few of my posts here and there…chris low could learn a few things from them, thats for sure.

TybeeDawg

January 19th, 2010
6:16 pm

I wonder what Bobo is thinking now that a new DC just got hired making twice what he is making. Lets see how much of a raise he gets this year.

FL Dawg

January 19th, 2010
6:21 pm

UGAmutt, I agree, we do need corners that can jam larger receivers at the line and ones that can make a play on the ball against those same taller receivers when the ball is thrown on time. Boykin can run with and out jump most anybody, but it is very difficult for him to make a play on a ball that is thrown on time to the receiver. I’m not knocking the kid, he was in the right position a number of times, but it was to tall of an order to ask him to out jump a couple of receivers while they were both in full stride.