New LB coach Belin gets 1-year, $190,000 contract

Newly hired Georgia linebackers coach Warren Belin will get a one-year contract at a salary of $190,000, UGA said this morning.

Belin, a 20-year coaching veteran who coached linebackers at Vanderbilt the past eight years, was hired by Georgia on Friday.

He essentially replaces John Jancek, fired on Dec. 2, on the staff. Jancek’s base salary last year was $163,000.

Belin was the final hire to replace the three defensive coaches fired in December.  Todd Grantham got a three-year, $750,000-a-year contract when hired away from the Dallas Cowboys as defensive coordinator and Scott Lakatos a one-year, $180,000 contract when hired from Connecticut as defensive-backs coach.

Belin will coach either the inside or outside linebackers in the Bulldogs’ new 3-4 defense, but UGA hasn’t yet specified which group Belin will oversee.  Grantham will coach the other linebackers group.

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127 comments Add your comment

Belin Worth Every Penny

February 11th, 2010
10:09 am

Belin is a proven coach.

LB’s held Florida to less rushing yards than Tenn or LSU.

LB’s lead SEC in tackles, lots of ALL-Conference LB’s every season.

Nice addition.

Mitchell

February 11th, 2010
10:11 am

30-24 hahahahahahaahaha
73-66 hahahahahahahahaha

Another Dawg

February 11th, 2010
10:17 am

Is there anything in these contracts to help us retain these coaches if they perform well? I realize we wouldn’t want to get stuck with new faces who won’t perform for us, but please tell me a guy like Lakatos isn’t going to be back on the market after turning around a porous secondary at a school like Georgia.

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
10:19 am

Belin Worth Every Penny, I agree with you, this guy is a great coach and at that price a steal.

fan

February 11th, 2010
10:19 am

hell yeah mitchell, its only a matter of time before a tech fan gets on here to start hatin. UGA’s worst>Tech’s best, in both sports.

Dawgman566

February 11th, 2010
10:20 am

3rd? Really? Whoooooo

Dawgman566

February 11th, 2010
10:20 am

Got to be quicker I guess.

Tim Tucker

February 11th, 2010
10:21 am

Another Dawg: The Belin and Lakatos contracts are one-year deals, but there is a significant buyout in Grantham’s contract. Here’s a link to details:
http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2010/01/19/granthams-deal-contains-hefty-buyout/?cxntfid=blogs_uga_sports_blog

Matthews Dawg

February 11th, 2010
10:21 am

7 lucky number 7!! Wooooo Hoooooo!

Steve

February 11th, 2010
10:23 am

I agree, Benoist and all those smart boys up in Nashville have been tearing it up, and I know they didn’t rely on talent alone. Belin is a great addition and should help bring some accountability to the Dawgs defense.

Ramon

February 11th, 2010
10:23 am

I love the fact that he’s a recruiting coordinator. So you take him and team him up with Garner and Bobo (who’s a great recruiter) and you will instantly see that UGA will climb back up the latter in recruiting. I think when the new DC mentioned about if UGA could sign the best players out of the state how great the team will be, I think he was giving a sign as to the new direction that UGA is heading in. I think this hire of Belin has just as much to do recruiting as even coaching linebackers. And another thing in play is he was a special teams coordinator as well. So he is bringing a lot of needed experience to the staff.

Balderdash

February 11th, 2010
10:26 am

Climb a latter?

Ramon

February 11th, 2010
10:29 am

Blindog

February 11th, 2010
10:35 am

Tim,what is your gut feeling about the new coaches,how much have we improved by making these moves,be honest?

Lakotas Great Hire

February 11th, 2010
10:36 am

Lakotas DB’s shut down South Carolina and held them to O Td’s and a dismal passing performance in the Bowl game in 2009.

In fact, Lakotas DB’s outperformed Florida’s DB’s against South Carolina.

Lakotas finished in the top 10 in the NCAA for pass defense 2 times recently with Big East level talent.

UConn was also great at forcing takeways, and committed the least penalities of any NCAAA team in 2009.

BigGAdawg

February 11th, 2010
10:41 am

I’m very happy with all three of our new defensive coaches. Can’t wait to see their influence and results over the next year or two. Should be very exciting for us.
Woof!

who's worse?

February 11th, 2010
10:41 am

UGA fans talking trash on Tech blogs, Tech fans talking trash on UGA blogs… blah, blah, blah

Who has the worse fans?

Grantham's a Steal at $750,000

February 11th, 2010
10:41 am

Grantham brings 20 years of experience to the table and coached under Beamer and Saban. Proven results at quick turnarounds. Pro Bowlers & Best Year Efforts galore under his coaching.

Grantham recommended to Richt by Smart, Muschamp & Foster.

Grantham trains Bama coaches in off-season and was offered the defensive coordinator position by Nick Saban.

UGA by a nose

February 11th, 2010
10:45 am

I think that there is passion on both sides that makes this rivalry great. UGA fans outnumber Tech fans by a significant margin though, and there are a lot more of the trashy, trailer park fans on the UGA side.

There are a few bad apples on Tech’s side too- but it doesn’t compare with the trash on UGA’s side.

UGA’s fans are worse.

McDawg

February 11th, 2010
10:45 am

boring stop talking about it-stick w/ football-this is what baseball people talk about

TXDawg

February 11th, 2010
10:46 am

These 1-year contracts confuse me and make me wonder what else was said to get someone to uproot his family……all for a 1 year deal.

Tim Tucker

February 11th, 2010
10:48 am

Blindog: All I know is that people who know their work well speak very very highly of all three coaches.

Bill Dawg

February 11th, 2010
10:49 am

More arrests, more criminals. UGA leads the SEC in off the field arrests.

And the classless UGA fans scream “but they are only misdemeanors! Misdemeanors are ok!”

Hate to see what these fans’ kids will turn out to be. Stay classy Dawgs.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 11th, 2010
10:51 am

Bill Dawg, does it bother you at all to be known as a liar?

Justin

February 11th, 2010
10:53 am

Bill Dawg, was it your intention to make a point or just to try to be cute, using all the class of an 11 year old?

Relative to others

February 11th, 2010
10:54 am

The scariest thing about all of this in the SEC is that Georgia fans seem content to say our players behavior is not as bad as at Tenn and Fla.

Sooner or later UGA fans will be justifying that our players have fewer murders committed than Tennessee and Florida and are therefore well behaved.

UGA is another football factory. Nothing more seems to be desired it seems. Is it even a school anymore?

DTC

February 11th, 2010
10:57 am

Bill Dawg go back to Tech where you came from.

Bill Dawg

February 11th, 2010
10:58 am

Justin-

You know the point- you just danced around it with your name calling. Typical.

You don’t seem to have a problem with UGA player behavior either. Very classy. Sic em Dawgs, and to hell with everybody else eh?

Gary

February 11th, 2010
10:58 am

I wouldn’t call $750,000 for a DC a “steal” by any stretch of the imagination, but looks like a really good hire. Looking forward to the rebirth of the great “Junkyard Defenses” we had under the great Erk Russell. Agressive, attacking defenses every team in the SEC feared playing. Go Dawgs!

Tech Hater

February 11th, 2010
11:01 am

Bill Dawg you are trash!

Your screwed up point has been made.

I agree somewhat- UGA players have definitely got some behavioral problems. We have fans that don’t care as long as we win. But it is unfair for you to lump all of us in the same boat.

HamDawg11

February 11th, 2010
11:04 am

I like where we’re headed as a team right now. There’s loads of talent on campus, 10 returning starters on offense should be able to generate some points the first few weeks to give our D time to adjust to new system / positions. I’m looking forward to seeing a defense that is proactive instead of reactive….DB’s making plays on the ball, LB’s rushing the passer and anticipating screens, etc. If we can get a QB in there to make a few plays I think we’ll be alright. Nobody’s picking us to have a great year, which usually turns out to be the times we succeed.

I guess life’s about expectations.

Dawgs 97

February 11th, 2010
11:05 am

Tech fans started everything and it can all be traced to Saint Simons, who wouldn’t shut up for a year straight after Tech’s ONE win over the Dawgs in 9 tries in 2008.

Georgia fans won’t stop now (nor should they) in response to what we had to read on every single blog from Saint Simons and his nerd chronies. Tech knows damn well how evil and annoying some of their fans are and we’re sick of their yapping.

Jawja Boy

February 11th, 2010
11:09 am

I don’t want a return to Russell that’s 25 years ago, how about a return to Van Gorder where we dominated everyone!

HamDawg11

February 11th, 2010
11:12 am

I can’t say that our ‘behavioral problems’ are all that bad. Yeah, we’ve had the driver license issues and underage drinking, but not a rash of major criminal activity.

Am I justifying these misdemeanors? Definitely not, they need to be dealt with. But, to compare them to armed robbery, murder, theft of a dead girl’s credit card, drug possession…..UGA’s are pretty tame. I don’t think you can just write off the above transgressions as “poor judgment” as much as you can riding a scooter on a sidewalk or the dreaded “Emerging from an alley”. Is it apples to oranges? I think it is.

Michael

February 11th, 2010
11:13 am

I think Belin is a great hire. I think he will be an awesome fundamentals guy for the LBs, a great change for Special teams and added bonus on the recruiting front (although winning seems to be the best tool for recruiting).

I also think Lakatos is a great hire. I think he also has the teaching ability to get the DBs fundamentally sound.

The big question will be how well they all work together. You have four outstanding defensive coaches, but they are also a coaching team. Their ability to work together and teach the players fundamentals and their roles in the new 3-4 defense will be more important than who plays where. I think Lakatos, Garner and Belin are all 4-3 guys, so they also have to learn all the variations of the 3-4 scheme as well so they can teach the players.

Delbert D.

February 11th, 2010
11:27 am

“Pro Bowlers & Best Year Efforts galore under his coaching.”

Georgia doesn’t need to develop bowlers. I doubt if any of the 5-stars have even picked up a ball.

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
11:42 am

It doesn’t matter who coaches these mutts, they’re still 7th best in the SEC.

Brian

February 11th, 2010
11:44 am

We should be much better, now that we’ve got the guys to coach them up. Go Dawgs!

Yellow Fuzz

February 11th, 2010
11:45 am

Jacketss. I’m jealous too. God I wish Tech could be as good as Georgia in football.

hop

February 11th, 2010
11:47 am

the new defensive coaches now placed the dawgs as one of the top staff’s on that side of the ball.

they will have the opportunity to work with a ton of talent that should put us in the era of the junkyard dawgs!

2010 is the year of the dawgs!

Brian

February 11th, 2010
11:50 am

We’ve got a lot of talented players we just needed to coaches to teach them the fundamentals, and now we finally have that. I’m looking forward to a much-improved defense next year, and a really good offense led by Aaron Murray and Washaun Ealey.

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
11:50 am

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
11:42 am
It doesn’t matter who coaches these mutts, they’re still 7th best in the SEC.

This guy is an imposter. I think most of you Dawg fans have seen enough comments by me to know I don’t agree with this fool.

Jacketss

February 11th, 2010
11:51 am

UGA won’t win more than 6 games next year, while we will be in the BCS, maybe even the NC. Deal with it.

Brian

February 11th, 2010
11:57 am

ga gator, it’s gotta be a Tech fan. They’re the ones who love to steal people’s name and say we gonna win 6 games, and all that crap.

Will

February 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

Nice contract! Plus you are staying under the $250,000 amount in which our president would tax you into oblivion and call you an evil, rich hate monger!!!!! I hope you wife doesn’t work or you own rental property or something. Maybe you will stay in good graces with the IRS. It’s sad our country looks down upon you if you work hard and get ahead.

Will

February 11th, 2010
12:02 pm

Is our new special teams coach any good? He’s got to be better than Fabris, the ones in the bowl game were.

DAwg Avis

February 11th, 2010
12:03 pm

$190,000 for an unproven LB coach??? Are you serious??? Damon Evans overpaid big time, again.

ga gator

February 11th, 2010
12:04 pm

Brian, thanks. My prediction is UGA will go either 10-3 or 11-2 with a win in the Capital One Bowl and a close hard fought game in JAX.

Jona

February 11th, 2010
12:04 pm

ga gator

Not far off is he? Didn’t you pick us 4th in the East? Or was that Gatorbait 17-3?

tampadawg86

February 11th, 2010
12:06 pm

another dawg, I believe that they only give position coaches a one year deal. I’m not 100% positive but I belive that’s how position coaches contracts work.