Georgia assistant football coaches Tony Ball, Bryan McClendon, get significant raises

Georgia assistant football coaches Tony Ball and Bryan McClendon received significant pay increases recently, but they were the only members of the Bulldogs’ football staff to get raises following the Bulldogs’ 6-7 season.

Ball

Ball

McClendon

McClendon

McClendon, Georgia’s running backs coach since 2009 and its youngest assistant, saw his pay more than double from $90,000 a year to $200,000 annually, according to documents obtained by the AJC under the Freedom of Information Act. Previously McClendon was one of the lowest-paid assistants in the SEC.

Ball, Georgia’s wide receivers coach and a member of coach Mark Richt’s staff since 2006, will now make $200,000 after earning $165,480 last year.

The raises, which were enacted in February and March, respectively, were the results of “competitive counter offers” from UGA, according to Athletic Director Greg McGarity. Both coaches were offered positions at other schools, but he declined to say from whom.

“All I can say is they were legit offers,” said McGarity, who was attending SEC athletic director meetings in Birmingham on Tuesday. “I think the key is continuity. We had already lost two coaches to other schools. Continuity of staff is important to me and to Mark and we thought it was important to maintain stability, especially.”

Offensive line coach Stacy Searels received a hefty pay increase to take the same job at Texas and linebackers coach Warren Belin left to take a job with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

No other coaches — including Richt — are due to receive raises this year, McGarity said.

Ball, who came to Georgia from Virginia Tech five years ago, declined to discuss any other job offers he may have received.

“That’s something I want to keep in-house,” he said. “Those things happen all the time. Obviously, I feel blessed to be at Georgia and excited about the direction under Mr. McGarity and Coach Richt. We’re excited about the future.”

McClendon did not return a phone message seeking comment.

“Salary actions” also were executed for new assistant coaches Will Friend, who came from UAB to coach offensive line, and Kirk Olivadotti, who came from the Washington Redskins to coach linebackers. They will earn $200,000 and $250,000 a year, respectively.

McGarity indicated Ball and McClendon might have received raises anyway.

“They’re well-deserved,” McGarity said. “Both of these men are tremendous coaches who work very hard and were underpaid, in my opinion. We had some momentum going after recruiting and they had a lot to do with that. All signs are pointing up and we needed to be proactive. We will always be proactive.”

Georgia also could not afford to lose two of its three minority assistant coaches. McGarity would not address it but hiring more highly-qualified assistant coaches in a year in which the perception is that Richt’s future is uncertain could have been problematic.

McGarity would not rule out the possibility of additional salary increases in the future.

“Like I said, we’re always going to be proactive,” he said. “If things happen during the season we may feel like we need to do something. I think you have to look at each situation independently, but we’re always going to do what’s in the best interest of Georgia.”

By Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

276 comments Add your comment

Axlrodes

May 3rd, 2011
11:06 am

Where is the 10@10? I like to hear the inside skinny in quick tidbits

What is with the re-shuffling at AJC. There is a basketball guy doing the recruiting section now. One good thing about Chip was he knew to spend as little time as possible talking about basketball.

schmeckdawg

May 3rd, 2011
11:14 am

I love the DAWGS and don’t want to be a buzz kill; however, am I missing something regarding Ball and McClendon getting monster raises?

Joey

May 3rd, 2011
11:15 am

Yep. This after coaching our boys to a 6-7 record.

We got a little over 1 win per $1 Million.

Gonna cost a lot if we ever get back to 10 wins . . .

Jacquigzz

May 3rd, 2011
11:19 am

despite the bad record, UGA still brings in top 5 revenue

red&silver

May 3rd, 2011
11:20 am

Let the bashing begin.

michael

May 3rd, 2011
11:20 am

does the price of popcorn go up at the games or did these coaches get pay raises because there won’t be a mascot around that vet bills have to be paid for??

Top Dawg

May 3rd, 2011
11:25 am

I got no words for this.

UGASlobberknocker

May 3rd, 2011
11:25 am

@Michael.

that’s the best comment you can come up with?

It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot, than to open it and remove all doubt.

tide roll

May 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Thatt’s a great move. Should stabilize things. Auburn made a great move in bringing in 5 minority coaches, Trooper Taylor, Curtis Luper Jay Boulware, Mike Pelton, and Tommy Thigpen

Hulk

May 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Was it worth the raise?
Ball deserved it, McClendon should have been fired. Rushing offense has gotten 2x worse in last 3 years, dropped from 5th to 10th in SEC in rushing, down to 142 a game. This with an experienced O-Line, Ealey & King. Ball’s receivers did an excellent job. McGarity might have been played by an agent, especially in the McClendon case.

All signs are pointing up?
You have one of the worst offenses in the SEC. Rushing down from 5th, to 7th to 10th. Offensive scoring down against ranked teams from 36, to 27 to 20 to 16. Wins down from 11 to 10 to 8 to 6. 2 assistant coaches quit. Georgia enters pre-season unranked in ESPN poll.

McGarity says he’s being proactive?
No, these were made as counter-offers from other teams. This was a reactive move.

michael

May 3rd, 2011
11:28 am

any moniker named slobberknocker should really wipe their knockers.

yuzeyurbrane

May 3rd, 2011
11:32 am

This at a time the budget for academic pursuits is being gutted!!

red&silver

May 3rd, 2011
11:36 am

I don’t blame the coaching. We have two overrated running backs. Ealey comes from Single A ECI and King got all his hype at Parkview but, did nothing at GAC.

AlabamaKnowItAll

May 3rd, 2011
11:36 am

Let me get this correct, you reward mediocrity with a pay raise! Maybe I should see if that applies at my job! WOW, is all I can say! 6-7……..

Jingle Dingle

May 3rd, 2011
11:37 am

Losing pays I guess.

RxDawg

May 3rd, 2011
11:38 am

Well good for them.

mickey7

May 3rd, 2011
11:38 am

The rushing game faltered not because of the running backs coach, but the ineffectiveness of the offensive line against quicker and stronger fronts.

Dawgs Tell

May 3rd, 2011
11:38 am

McGarity is showing his support to Richt.No excuses for a bad season.If there is one in 2011 and McGarity has to make major changes.No one can point at him saying he did not gave Richt all that was requested or needed.Sounds like a good job by a CEO in a highly visible area.Let’s hope all of this works out for the best. GO DAWGS

Wait till next year...

May 3rd, 2011
11:39 am

dream team = pay raise…

DawginLex

May 3rd, 2011
11:39 am

AND TIDE ROLL CONFIRMS HIS AGENDA FOR US…………

[...] My guess is that he won’t be thrilled with this news. [...]

mystery science theater

May 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

McClendon must be doing things that we aren’t aware of because on the surface, his running backs haven’t gotten any better under his coaching.

StottsEra

May 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

and the players still get nada

Gsoutherngrad

May 3rd, 2011
11:49 am

They should get a pay cut after last season!!

Cousin Curtis

May 3rd, 2011
11:49 am

Shocking. A Bama fan is a racist idiot. Hey tide roll, don’t you have a spitoon to go spew some ‘backer juice at?

ugaclassof2004

May 3rd, 2011
11:49 am

I’m sorry, I fail to see how making ONLY $90,000 a year is a bad thing? Especially for a running backs coach. Most high school head coaches don’t even come close to that. I could see maybe a raise to like
$120,000, but $200,000 seems a bit much for a position coach.

RHALL55

May 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

10 @ 10???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Al Osmann

May 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

Why am I not surprised? UGA – a learning institute, although some would argue that point so easily spends money when it’s the almighty football but students get their tuition raised, services cut, etc.

The Rock

May 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

The Rock says you don’t reward a backslide with a pay raise! You layeth the smackdown on the non-performers and get someone who wants to perform! Now the dozens and dozens of Georgia Fans are gonna see more of the same and it will cost more.

HECKLE

May 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

DAWG ONE

May 3rd, 2011
11:54 am

You McClendon bashers need to be informed. Brian Mc is one of our two leading recruiters. Coaching comes from many fronts, but players come from a different atmosphere in HS. The competition level is a far cry from what these kids are used to. Some logic and reason come into play before blogging your negative thoughts.
As for the amounts of the raises, simply said, we can afford it!

George P. Burdell

May 3rd, 2011
11:54 am

Might as well loot the treasury because they know they will all be gone next year, like our president.

Show me the Money

May 3rd, 2011
11:55 am

@Hulk, dude are you serious? These guys are making the bottom of the barrell as a position coaches in the SEC. UGA football itself gross enough money to fund all of athletics. Despite of what Georgia running game has been, Coaches do not play football….The players do. I never heard of a 14pt. play or a 140-yd touchdown run designed by a coach. Ok, lets be honest GA OLine is not the greatest….Lets see, are the running back fumbling? no, are they running through the same holes G. Hearst or R. Hampton had….No, even Knowshun had major holes to run through. One thing about being a coach, you can’t coach effort and determination……..However, they should be compensated for the time they spend on the road recruiting, going to countless of meetings, not to mention family life(if there’s any) maybe a couple of weeks in January before you are driving day and night recruiting and a Week in the Summer ………….Would you trade your life for $200k? No…. You do it for the love of the sport and developing kids to make it on the next level (whether it Pros, Workforce, or Military). So, please Mr. Hulk do your research before you post.

Jones

May 3rd, 2011
11:55 am

Would have looked bad had McGarity lost 4 of Richt’s assistant coaches in 1 year due to grossly under-paying Richt’s staff.

Buckshot

May 3rd, 2011
11:57 am

definitely should have let McClendon go to another school….if one even offered him. still can’t believe we have a wide receiver coaching running backs at UGA!!!!!!!!

for crying out loud

May 3rd, 2011
11:59 am

Al, you’re an uninformed idiot. The athletic department funds at most major universities (maybe all) are completely separate from the educational funds. They come from donations directly to the athletic department. The athletic departments don’t “dip” into educational funds and steal bread out of the students mouths.

DawgLover

May 3rd, 2011
11:59 am

And nobody in the Athletic Department has received a raise in 3 years now. Way to go McGarity. Maybe you should look at giving some of your hard working very unpaid staffers who do a tremendous job a well deserved raise!

nerds! nerds! nerds!

May 3rd, 2011
12:01 pm

I know for a fact that ALL OF THE ABOVE POSTERS ARE MORE QUALIFIED than Ball and McClendon.

Trolls, all of you.

Dawg Gone

May 3rd, 2011
12:01 pm

AlabamaKnowItAll let me ask this any Bama coaches get a raise this year? Since the “mighty” Tide finished 4th in the West I’m wondering how that worked out?

me

May 3rd, 2011
12:07 pm

McClendon got a pay raise for getting Isaiah Crowell and Tony Ball got a raise for, wait why the hell did Tony Ball get a raise?

Outside Observer

May 3rd, 2011
12:08 pm

Whether Georgia wins or loses, $200,000 is too much to pay to assistant football coaches. Georgia’s governor, Georgia’s judges (incl. Supreme Court Justices), professors, school principals, and many, many more with much more important jobs do not make as much. I love football as much as anyone, but our priorities are way off.

DawgLover

May 3rd, 2011
12:09 pm

@for crying out loud – you are correct. I wish other posters were as informed as you are.

Mike McCollum (not going anonymous)

May 3rd, 2011
12:10 pm

This is upsetting: Bryan “McClendon, Georgia’s running backs coach since 2009 and its youngest assistant, saw his pay more than double from $90,000 a year to $200,000 annually.” That’s likely more than EVERY tenured track professor at UGA, for a second-year position coach who most fans want fired. It’s way more than even my department CHAIR. I know these salaries come from different budgets, but as a PhD student, I’m horrified that the doubling of his salary could have somehow been funneled into an academic program as a gift from the athletic dept in appreciation of keeping the players academically eligible for this cash cow. I’m sorry about the CAPS, but does anyone else not see this stark contrast in our society’s priorities? Also, this is Athens, not NYC or SF. You can make a nice home for yourself on $90,000 as a young man with a family, so doubling his salary to $200,000 seems excessive. How about the normal 3 to 7% the rest of the working Joes out there PRAY to get. If they were able to keep their jobs the past few years, many have had to endure pay freezes. DOUBLING this guy’s salary? ___This is another episode of REALLY??!! with Seth and Amy.

Buckeye

May 3rd, 2011
12:11 pm

$90K to $200K??? Sounds like a job in a government institution. Oh, ya, right, it is.

I agree with Outside Observer.

Mike McCollum

May 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm

BUCKEYE. UGA faculty and staff who start out at $40,000, at best, are government employees. The athletic dept is run like a private company.

Honky Talkin'

May 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

Is that a reward for going 6-7 and proving your mediocrity?

schmeckdawg

May 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

me

May 3rd, 2011
12:07 pm
McClendon got a pay raise for getting Isaiah Crowell and Tony Ball got a raise for, wait why the hell did Tony Ball get a raise?

Not to be argumentative, but, did McClendon get Crowell or did UGA get Crowell because Alabama already has like 800 running backs!

Mike McCollum

May 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

I’m currently at a non-BSC school and things are not much better for faculty/Staff, so I know that the football depts are not to blame. I just wish there could be a cap, relative to non-athletic dept. staff, which would prevent such descrepencies, such as position coaches can only make 10% more than a non-tenure track faculty member. Coordinators can make only 15% more than Deans. Head coaches can only make 20% more than college presidents. This sliding scales allows for some hefty pay days, but also allows athletic depts to spend more on non-revenue generating sports, such as baseball, soccer, etc.

Clancy

May 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

$200,000 for a sports coach? That is obscene.

Grossly Overpaid Coaches

May 3rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Georgia also could not afford to lose two of its three minority assistant coaches.

And that’s the only reason these two morons are still there.