Searels got $135,000 raise to leave UGA

Offensive line coach Stacy Searels got a six-figure raise when he left Georgia for the same job at Texas last week.

Searels will be paid $425,000 annually at Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman, which on Friday obtained the contracts of the Longhorns’ assistant football coaches through an open-records request.

Searels’ salary represents a $135,000 –- or 47 percent –- raise over the $290,000 annual pay called for in his last contract with Georgia. In addition, that contract included a bonus for bowl games ($19,400 for last season’s Liberty Bowl).

Georgia’s highest paid assistant coach, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, makes $750,000 per year. No other Georgia assistant makes as much as Searels’ new salary.

Texas will pay new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, hired from Mississippi State, and new co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, hired from Boise State, annual salaries of $625,000, according to the contracts obtained by the Austin newspaper.

– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog

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hate florida

January 29th, 2011
6:24 am

Wish I could do absolutely nothing at my job and get a raise. Enjoy coach! You got us.


January 29th, 2011
6:26 am

Good luck & God bless…… Go Dawgs….. Top 5 in recruiting this year …. Beat the gators


January 29th, 2011
6:35 am

Hope we see you in the near future and make you hate that decision Searels.


January 29th, 2011
7:22 am

They paid about $425,000 more than he’s worth.


January 29th, 2011
7:35 am

Darn, I got in the wrong profession. I don’t think I made much more than that in 21 years of the military, LOL.

Destin Dawg

January 29th, 2011
7:36 am

opportunity to make a good hire… we sure couldn’t give Searles a raise based on OL performance… with our Super ( DREAM ) recruiting class.. will give the new coach.. Freidgeon ???? great upside in 2012 if not 2011…. GO Dawgs !!!


January 29th, 2011
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January 29th, 2011
7:37 am

And you are still blogging about Searles because??????

Asheville Dawg

January 29th, 2011
7:41 am

Good riddance.


January 29th, 2011
7:46 am

wow overpaid!

Ted Striker

January 29th, 2011
8:09 am

Good luck to the guy. He’s classy. And a much better coach than some folks — who have never coached at any level — give him credit for.


January 29th, 2011
8:23 am

CMR…go get Friedgen. Good grief…or is your ego in the way? We certainly have the money. make him OC and let Bobo coach the quarterbacks. If he doesn’t like it, let him leave. He’s not THAT dumb to dump the gravy train. Even a drunk can figure that out.


January 29th, 2011
8:23 am

The truth is that he definitely DID NOT GET THE JOB DONE AT GEORGIA!!! He had the talent and experience on the offensive line, but they did not perform. The lack of results speaks volumes!!!

Mr. G

January 29th, 2011
8:36 am

Palm City Dawg

January 29th, 2011
8:37 am

Who cares…our offensive line was going to be the strenght of our team last year and it was our weakest link due to the lack of coaching and motivation.


January 29th, 2011
8:40 am

no ! not king ralph. the right call here is to go younger and full of energy. i said 3 years uga should consider the the o-line caoch at app state and now he’s kickin our a$$ for south carolina. we need to go for the duke guy, or the central fla guy. i lean towards the ucf guy because he’s probably learned oleary’s playbook for whippin our butts….perhaps now we could use that info for our own good


January 29th, 2011
8:46 am

I wonder how much of the bonus UGA had to pay to get rid of him?


January 29th, 2011
8:50 am

I am glad Texas has Searles it has forced Richt to change personnel and I don’t mean changing their titles. Good luck Texas we did not have good results maybe you will.

Go Dawgs Beat Cats!!!


January 29th, 2011
8:52 am

Texas is throwing their money away on Searels.


January 29th, 2011
8:53 am

I think Searels was a very good coach that wasn’t able to accomplish great achievments with the OL due to issues at UGA that blocked his path….specifically I believe he had some major differences of opinion with CMR on what the team needed. I expect the TX OL to be a force to be reckoned with while under Searels. But if the OL out there flops as badly as at UGA then I’ll know I’m wrong about him and that he’s just another coaching bust.

Apples II Oranges

January 29th, 2011
8:54 am

Searles made the right move for himself. He leveraged, somehow, his position at UGA to garner a 47% pay raise to make the move. Texas has no shortage of financial resources, but still that seems like a lot for a guy who line seemed to underperform the past three seasons. Makes you wonder who Searles through under the bus over that, the RB or CMR.


January 29th, 2011
8:56 am

We need to offer the Fridge $749,500 per year.

That way, CTG can still be the highest paid asst, but only symbolically…

go dawgs


January 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Can you say OVERPAID? Wow, he has done nothing at UGA in the past 3 years. What is up with that?


January 29th, 2011
9:16 am

If Searles lines had performed better Ga might have had a reason to match the offer but I don’t think anybody would have liked giving him that kind of a raise after his players underperformed the last two years.

The Big 12’s D-lines won’t be as hard to compete against so it should work out for him and Texas. May very well be the best thing for UGA also.


January 29th, 2011
9:30 am

Hire the Fridge and fire the Clown (Bobo).


January 29th, 2011
9:44 am

It’s not hard to see why Texas hired him. His lines were pretty good at everything NOT power running game. Texas plays in a league with a style that seems to be much better suited for him.
And I suspect the S&C problem, and a couple of other factors, is giving him cover. (I’d question why he wasn’t the main coach wanting that addressed sooner)

Anyway I’d be willing to bet that he Richt recruited this job for him. And will work out better for both. Pretty silly to think that Richt didn’t know what the running game looked like and was just dumb luck forced by Texas to do something, girldawg. The coach that had the worst performing squad on the team in the worst year in recent times, just coincidentaly got a big raise to move? sure. No idea who you say has been changed but only in title and not substance. I can’t remember anyone in 10 yrs.

Paul N Destin

January 29th, 2011
9:49 am

You may wish to consider that Searels wasn’t the problem at UGA. He did very well at LSU with Nick and Les yet he failed at UGA. Humm…must be the coach. I like the way you think.. Top 5 class and you’re now going to beat UF! Really , the best think you could do is STFU until your team did something. UGA the best team in the SEC that never did anything in the SEC. Just kidding witch ye.


January 29th, 2011
9:55 am

Given that Richt seems to be addressing the player getting bigger and stronger, the fact that in times past UGA has relied on (in fact the offense is built around the threat of) a solid run game, and seeing Bobo desperately continuing to try to have one on Saturdays despite it being obvious we didn’t…….I would bet that the next O-Line coach is going to be somebody all about that running game.

Seeing Searles move to a more passing league tells me he believes he is better suited for that. Appearantly Texas does to to the tune of a half million.

Trey, what is it that you think they disagreed on?


January 29th, 2011
9:59 am

Actually his number at LSU were alright, not fantastic. In fact thier running game really took off after he left. Do you think LSU would have hired him back today? I don’t.


January 29th, 2011
10:04 am

REAL WORLD vs Sports……………..Sir, I know my sales are down 52% and I haven’t opened a new account in 10 months, But I’ve just been offered a job at Brand X for 47% more money. It’s been fun, see ya………………….GEEZ…….


January 29th, 2011
10:06 am

Good morning Mutts! Good for Searles…at least he’s not stupid and turned down the money. You need to remember that U of Texas is a lot like the Yankees. With their fan base, lucrative TV contract, etc., it’s like a money printing press, but like the Yankees, you can’t buy champioships. I like our recruiting class and hope we can coach them up this year.


January 29th, 2011
10:07 am

I don’t care what anyone says, this doesn’t make much sense. A great O-line coach would have been able to make something with the resources we have at UGA, despite the S&C problems, etc. Texas is making a big, costly mistake.


January 29th, 2011
10:10 am

I’m in the wrong business!


January 29th, 2011
10:11 am

Searles was not the problem. Even Joe T. will tell you the problems. Our lines are weak and get beat up by more physical teams. Doesn;t matter who UGA hires unless they get stronger.


January 29th, 2011
10:15 am

Brown will be looking for a new job in the next two years.

Common Sense

January 29th, 2011
10:15 am


January 29th, 2011
10:21 am

A lot of the S & C issues can be blamed at Damon Evans. Van Halanger and Richt asked numerous times for funds to hire nutrionitsts and certified personal trainers. These requests were constantly denied by who else, Damon Evans.


January 29th, 2011
10:22 am

My friends, softy CMR is concerning about 4 small kids Bobo got in 3 years apan than present or future of UGA. This is the fact, I know my coach,


January 29th, 2011
10:28 am

I am truely believe that Bobo is a good QB coach and a fantastic recruiter, but for the sake of our school, please!!!!!


January 29th, 2011
10:29 am

Searels made the right decision regardless of all other factors. Turning down a 47% pay increase would have been plain stupid.

I still believe there is more to this story than we know. Searels was a decent coach who appeared to be the “odd man out” in Athens. Beginning with the Defensive remodeling last year, it appears that he just did not fit in anymore. Also, the performance of the offensive line did not win him any friends–despite the S&C issuese and lack of a running game.

I think this is a win-win for all. Searels gets a nice payday and CMR gets a chance to improve the chemistry on the staff with a fresh, engergetic, hungry coach. I hope I have this right. Go DAWGS


January 29th, 2011
10:31 am

Who is Einsteindawg? Why called us mutts?

Insane or just inane?

January 29th, 2011
10:49 am

Paying a jerk like Grantham $750,000 a year is insane.

Paying a phony saint like Richt several million dollars a year in even more idiotic.


January 29th, 2011
10:54 am

Congrats to Coach Searles. However, that does seem like a number Coach Richt could have matched if he felt so compelled.


January 29th, 2011
11:00 am

THere is no need to be on Mike Bobo-You idiots that are bashing him-do you realize he is #1 reason for this recruiting class-The son of a coach who was a star at Georgia do any of you really think you know more about Football than he does? You are delirious-I do say get Coach Ralph if any way possible-Coach Bobo will work with him learn even more and be even more valuable—some of you idiots it is good I can’t track you down-some of you need choking

Snoop Dawg

January 29th, 2011
11:07 am

Here’s the deal, bother Dawgs: If Searles does a great job at Texas, it’s just another data point that shows that Richt is a bumbling idiot who suppressed his own staff from success. If he flops at Texas also, then we know that he is an empty shirt. I’ll be that the answer will be envelope number one above…

SoCal Dawg

January 29th, 2011
11:29 am

Must be nice to have money to throw away.


January 29th, 2011
12:04 pm

The knock on UGA around the league for the last several years is that the Dawgs dont pay their assistant coaches very wel, with Grantham being the exceptionl. I would have moved to Tx too if I was Searles.
CMR and the new AD need to get it right and make a good hire here, could produce almost immediate results.


January 29th, 2011
12:12 pm

Hire an OC with a proven track record. Same with the O-line position. Too much talent coming in this year to wait.


January 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

I wonder what Mack Brown is going to do when he turns the media and players off. He does not have great communication skills. He gets paid to be a team player…enjoy their money…