A $250,000 raise for turning down the Dogs

Here’s the rest of the story on John Chavis‘ decision to remain at LSU rather than becoming Georgia’s defensive coordinator:

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports today that the LSU Board of Supervisors next week will be asked to approve a new three-year, $700,000-per-year deal for Chavis, who is entering his second year as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.  That represents  a $250,000-per-year raise from Chavis’ $450,000 salary last year.

When LSU announced on Dec. 31 that Chavis would remain at the school despite being pursued by Georgia, LSU made it clear he’d get a sizeable raise.   How sizeable was not disclosed at the time. Turns out, the raise comes to a whopping 55 percent.

The $700,000 salary does not include postseason bonuses, according to the Advocate.

The rising market for coordinator salaries in college football did not start with Georgia’s search for Willie Martinez’s replacement. But the search, which ended with Grantham becoming the third highest paid defensive coordinator in college football and three other candidates getting large raises to stay put, certainly solidified the trend.

Georgia last week hired Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham, signing him to a three-year, $750,000-a-year contract –  more than double what Martinez was paid last year ($325,815).

Georgia  is believed to have offered the same three-year, $750,000-per-year deal to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who decided not to return to his alma mater three days before the hiring of Grantham.  Alabama has not yet disclosed Smart’s new salary.

Earlier in the process, Georgia pursued Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster,  who stayed with the Hokies after having his contract sweeteed with an annuity that will pay him a lump sum -– reportedly as much as $1 million –- if he remains in the job another five years.

It’s a good time to be a defensive coordinator in demand.

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January 21st, 2010
10:50 am

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Buckhead Bulldog

January 21st, 2010
10:53 am

Suckers…………bawa ha ha ha ha ha!

chipperdawg

January 21st, 2010
10:55 am

Just glad we got what seems to be a great hire! I liked Grantham better than the others anyway! If we were gonna try and get a guy in a lateral move from another school, my choice would have been Ellis Johnson over these other guys, but I’m tickled things went the way they did, because, IMHO we got the best coach available!!

Blindog

January 21st, 2010
10:59 am

You don’t have to be a player to get rich in this game.My guess is Joe Cox will some day be a rich man.

chipperdawg

January 21st, 2010
11:05 am

Actually, I can see Cox making a fine coach some day. He’s a student of the game. It just didn’t transfer on the field. But, any time I watched him on the sidelines during the games, he was coaching up his teammates as much as anyone else!

Al

January 21st, 2010
11:10 am

Glad we could increase the costs at other schools. That means more of their revenues go to assistant coaching and is deflected from recruiting and other competitive expenses. Well done!

Gratefuldawghead

January 21st, 2010
11:32 am

One day (hopefully a long time) the Head Coaching Job will be open at UGA and Smart will get turned down!!!!

Edman

January 21st, 2010
11:32 am

While life goes on in Haiti.

Funny

January 21st, 2010
11:34 am

4th choice is the 3rd highest paid assistant in college football…well done UGA.

Dwayne(gator hater)

January 21st, 2010
11:37 am

I’ll believe in Bulldog nation when thay start beating Fla. on a consistant bases. Maybe even if they start being competative against Fla. You know what I mean, say they win next year, then lose 2 in row, but had a chance to win…that would be ok. This constant whipping they take by the gators is just tooooo much. Stop drinking the koolaid. Stop believing that Ga. recruits the best players, top five, this is our year, etc. etc. Lets see what happens.

Green Tea

January 21st, 2010
11:40 am

I don’t give two SHEETS how much other D Coords make. UGA has their guy, LSU’s D sucked last year. Get over it, We have a D Coord now…

Chavis while at UT

January 21st, 2010
11:41 am

Blah, blah blah. Chavis was unpopular while at UT, especially in his last two or three years there.
Richt knew well and good with that reality, that if he hired the guy, it would create an uproar. Unless the two gents tell me in person that an offer was made ( same is true with Foster,etc) I know that it was not offered and I know that UGA got THE RIGHT man in TG.

Smart AND Saban talked to TG over the last few months about schemes and that says it all. TG is far more knowledgeable than KS.

Besides ………the season is fast approaching and we will find out if Meyer is still in rehab and is the wishbone at tech still THE thing and if the UGA qbs can play SEC caliber ball and IF TG can coach em up. Great to look forward to.

Yes, another SEC season is fast approaching and I look forward to it.

Go Dogs. Sic em!!

knoxdawg

January 21st, 2010
11:44 am

It is time to start beating the Gators on a consistent basis. Until that happens we are a second tier program whether we like it or not. We have great facilities, a hugh fan base, plenty of $, good and great athletes, solid coaching, etc. Time to start producing on the field again.

Takes just ONE pretty gal

January 21st, 2010
11:47 am

To hire a new coach and “ask four men” to come to UGA is to ask four gorgeous UGA/Bama/UT/UF/Auburn/Ole Miss etc women out for that ONE night. You need only ONE to have a blast. UGA needed only ONE competent man and the Cowboys did pretty ok with TG as D line coach.

Same is true with quality coaches. They come and they go ……so you get another. Folks that imply that so and so is the ONLY man to coach at DA U are fools and have never, ever had one date or played a down of football. That is like saying “well, um Spurrier left Florida and so they are toast” and it is true with co ordinators and position coaches. Geeeeez, there are some morons on this site.

Get a life morons.

W

January 21st, 2010
11:59 am

I asked in an earlier blog about the amount of shoulder injuries UGA sustains. It seems UGA players are having recurring shoulder problems. Is this a training issue or just that football is a rough sport? How do UGA shoulder injuries compare to other teams in the SEC?

Buckhead Bulldog

January 21st, 2010
12:00 pm

Chavis while at UT

January 21st, 2010
11:41 am

Bingo! I agree 100%….

jumbeauxtiger

January 21st, 2010
12:03 pm

Green Tea

” LSU’s D sucked last year. Get over it, We have a D Coord now”

The Tigers in 2008 before Chavis were 56th in scoring defense. They were 12th in 2009.

js

January 21st, 2010
12:04 pm

Of course UGA overpaid for TG, but they had to after offering the same package to several other coaches. Anybody saying Joe Cox is a future great coach is the same moron who said Joe Cox is the next DJ Shockley. How did that work for you?

Whistle Dick

January 21st, 2010
12:10 pm

At UT…..Chavis was commonly known as “3rd and Chavis”. When UT had the lead with little time left he had the D’backs play about 15 yards off the line of scrimmage. This of course allowed opponents to move down the field and get in position to win. He is better off staying at LSU with that schmuck Les Miles!

Who Cares

January 21st, 2010
12:13 pm

It is truly funny. You dawgies always downgrade what you can’t have. At the time UGA was a courtin you guys thought it was the only way to go. Now that 3 DC have turned you down you have your man. If he was your man why was he not offered first…..

Who Cares

January 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

@Takes just ONE pretty gal
You are right, lots of morons on this blog. Guess who is #1. Just look in the mirror.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 21st, 2010
12:24 pm

I was still holding out hope that ricky tidwells mama would be named DC but now that it official with CTG I will support him.
GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gratefuldawghead

January 21st, 2010
12:34 pm

Dwayne(gator hater) I agree with you, but really Who has beaten Florida on a consistant bases? Out of UGA,Tenn, and FSU only UGA has beaten Meyer! Should be a great year to turn it around!
GO DAWGS!

Tim Tucker

January 21st, 2010
12:40 pm

W: I agree, it does seem like there have been a lot of shoulder injuries in the last couple of years at Georgia and elsewhere (Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy come to mind). But I don’t have any research that compares the number or severity of shoulder injuries from school to school.

UGA Alum 80

January 21st, 2010
12:41 pm

If Chavis sucked so bad why were we throwing that much money at him??? Some of you Blind Bulldog fans need to think before you speak. He did a tremdous turn around at LSU with there D. Remeber the D that held us to 45 yards in the first half. Just think before you go and run your mouth and make the whole bulldog nation look stupid.

bo

January 21st, 2010
12:46 pm

At this point, who really cares about Chavis?

mikie g.

January 21st, 2010
12:47 pm

you ajc writers are liars. whatever happened to the idea that newspaper reporting required facts to be reported and not stories made up in your head? the only offer UGA made was to Bud Foster. Chavis and Smart were never officially offered the deal, but used the circumstances to get their raises. the only other official offer of the DC job at UGA was to Grantham, who accepted. CMR said all along that he was focused on “his man”, and he would let us know when the deal was sealed. he did just that. too bad you jerk ajc writers are so focused on the techies and smearing Georgia that you avoid reporting facts.

anotherdawg

January 21st, 2010
1:10 pm

Looks like Richt’s pursuit of these coaches wasn’t so dumb after all. If nothing else, it caused the competition to have to spemd more. If UGA has to pay, might as well make the competition pay as well

superDawg

January 21st, 2010
1:18 pm

Just like Obama's budget...

January 21st, 2010
1:30 pm

…It’s only monopoly money!!!!!

Dawg07

January 21st, 2010
1:31 pm

Hope our friend KIRBY Gets $900K as coach in waiting at Alabama. He deserves it.

Man, do I look like an idiot now...

January 21st, 2010
1:32 pm

…for getting out of coaching (or, rather, choosing not to go into coaching after serving as a graduate assistant to Pat Dye at East Carolina) in 1977……..

59bulldawg

January 21st, 2010
1:33 pm

Does because you whiff on the first few swings don’t mean you can’t still hit a homerun on the final one. I consider all the gentlemen mentioned for the position to be fine coaches. But I’m happy with the outcome . . . and the fact that it was Foster/Beamer who recommended TG!

59bulldawg

January 21st, 2010
1:36 pm

Sorry about the typo! First word should be “Just”. Hard to type and eat at your desk!

ill wait and see

January 21st, 2010
1:39 pm

im gonna have to wait and see if we can beat UT and the GAYtors on a regular basis. we’re also starting a 3-4 this year. do we really have the players to do that…? i wonder if terrence cody would transfer..

Gratefuldawghead

January 21st, 2010
1:42 pm

Still mad UGA didn’t fire Martinez after 2008. LSU had the sense to Fire thier cord while UGA was handing Martinez a friggin Bonus. Oh well I am excited about Grantham and never want to see Smart in Red & Black again!
GO DAWGS!

59bulldawg

January 21st, 2010
1:42 pm

mikie g . . . Where’s the love bro!

Bookie

January 21st, 2010
1:54 pm

Did Saban offer the DC job at Miami to Grantham before hiring Kirby Smart? or not-good luck and goodby, Kirby!

Nick

January 21st, 2010
2:35 pm

It’s pretty damn sickening actually considering the number of people who are out of work right now due to this pathetic economy. And let’s face it, a great number of these people out of work have far more important jobs than being a football coach.

I love football as much as any of you, but you can’t be honest with yourself if you believe otherwise.

Draggin' Fly

January 21st, 2010
3:12 pm

Nick opines:
“a great number of these people out of work have far more important jobs than being a football coach.”

Nick, if they’re out of work, they don’t HAVE a job. And, chances are, they weren’t doing the job they used to have well enough or they’d still have it.

I don’t begrudge anyone getting the most they can from their employer based on their talent, potential, and the market for their specialty. That’s capitalism, my friend.

NerdHerder

January 21st, 2010
3:42 pm

Kwame geathers will play the nose for us next year, and the “ends” in a 3-4 are truly tackles. The ends move back to olbs. There is actually more opportunity for dts to get on the field. Just put the best 11 in and lets kick some butt!

Otto

January 21st, 2010
4:02 pm

CMR may have offered Foster but you have to think the conversation was more in the hope that Foster would recommend someone. Grantham does have stong VT ties. Do you really expect Foster to move after how long he has been at VT? but if he does he would be as close to a sure hire as you can get.

All I have ever read for certain was that CMR talked with Chavis which is understandable most likely to get his input on anyone that may be worth hiring. He was part of a disbanded and respected staff. Where has there been published that UGA put an offer on the table for Chavis?

Smart turned UGA down for reasons that may never fully be known. Plenty of rumors the most credible IMO was that Smart demanded that Garner would be replaced. I wish him the best except when he plays UGA and hope he would be in the running for any new openings at UGA. Most likely as HC or DC in the event CMR leaves.

I am glad 3rd and Chavis wasn’t hired. He was blamed as a part of UT’s problem for 2-3 years. Hopefully Grantham works out, no hire is ever a guarantee. Grantham does have a resume for the job.

Otto

January 21st, 2010
4:08 pm

Greatfuldawghead, The answer is Auburn.

CPJ

January 21st, 2010
4:16 pm

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CPJ69

January 21st, 2010
4:24 pm

WHY AM I A CLOSET JUNK HOGGER?

MAYBE THE CIGARS ARE A SYMBOL … A STAND IN FOR THE RAM ROD I YEARN FOR ….

Louie

January 21st, 2010
4:41 pm

Well, where do I start.
We know Chavis and Smart used the doggie pound to get BIG raises at WINNING programs. Hate to say it, but I told you this was happening when rumors where flying around. Go ahead, go back to old posts and read what I ( Louie ) explained as simply as I could at that time. I TOLD YOU THAT THEY WERE PLAYING YOU (doggie, mutts etc) LIKE A FRIGGIN PIANO.
Go ahead, blow me up again, but the proof is in the puddin.
MY EXACT WORDS WERE “WHY WOULD THEY LEAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM (ON TOP) TO JOIN A TEAM IN REGRESSION.
LOOK IT UP, Get back to me.
STILL L M F A O

Louie

January 21st, 2010
4:47 pm

Be back later.
STILL >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Yellow Fuzz

January 21st, 2010
5:58 pm

georgia paid full retail for no Super Bowl experience
Tech paid wholesale for a guy who coached in two Super Bowls

Hahahahahahahaha

Scout Dawg

January 21st, 2010
5:58 pm

Louise, it must be hell to be football ignorant. The 3-4 was built to stop the high school option. We might not win 1 SEC game next year but I bet we got your number.

Yellow Fuzz

January 21st, 2010
6:02 pm

Scout Dawg,

LOL. We will see if you Million dollar defense can stop our high school offense.