‘Salary restructure’ means increases for Mike Bobo, Rodney Garner, 4 other UGA coaches

ATHENS — Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, assistant head coach Rodney Garner and four other assistant football coaches received base-salary pay increases as a result of a salary restructuring plan, according to documents released to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bobo’s base pay was increased by $57,500 to $300,000 and Garner’s by $32,500 to $275,000 in “salary-action requests” approved in June and activated on July 1. Wide receivers coach Tony Ball, offensive line coach Will Friend, tight ends coach John Lilly and running backs coach Bryan McClendon all received $10,000 increases to $210,000 a year.

UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity emphasized that the increases were “not raises” — the coaches’ total compensation remains the same — but rather a re-appropriation as the result eliminating longevity/retention bonuses for Georgia’s coaches.

“None of it is new money,” McGarity said. “It’s a re-appropriation of their longevity bonuses. It’s just an adjustment in how they’re compensated.”

The coaches were issued new one-year contracts as a result of the change. Previously the extra monies were to be paid to them as deferred compensation at the end of their employment at Georgia. Now it is immediately rolled into their regular paychecks.

“I don’t want money to be a reason somebody sticks around,” McGarity explained. “I don’t want them to stay because of some longevity bonus. I want them to be here because they want to be here.”

In some respects the restructuring could be reviewed as a reward. It will mean more money when percentage-based performance bonuses are activated and it will be figured into retirement benefits.

“It’s another way to help them out and it’s something [head coach] Mark [Richt] wanted,” McGarity said. “. . . I’m just trying to make people whole.”

For Bobo and Garner, their salaries represent just part of their compensation from Georgia. They both receive “supplemental income” from the UGA Athletic Association that brings their annual pay to $335,000 and $300,000, respectively.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is Georgia’s highest-paid assistant coach. He makes $825,000 a year, including a base salary $400,000. The coaches’ supplemental income comes from sources such as “media rights contracts and equipment endorsement deals,” McGarity said.

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Robert

September 17th, 2012
3:39 pm

The god of football at UGA MUST BE APPEASED!

DawginLex

September 17th, 2012
3:40 pm

Keep scoring 40 points a game and getting 700 yards of offense and Bobo becomes a head coaching prospect.

Say What???

September 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

Here come the Bobo Bashers in 3… 2… 1…

Macclenny_dawg

September 17th, 2012
3:59 pm

Great let’s give them all a raise when they continually can’t have their team ready in the 1st half. Now go out coaches and earn your money and get the team ready to go!!!GTA!!!Go Dawgs!!!

SSI

September 17th, 2012
4:00 pm

Makes sense to me.

dawgfan

September 17th, 2012
4:02 pm

“Keep scoring 40 points a game and getting 700 yards of offense and Bobo becomes a head coaching prospect.”

Maybe in the Sun Belt. Check his record and stats against the SEC’s elite and then get back with me.

Pitbull

September 17th, 2012
4:03 pm

And this is newsworthy because?

In the 25 years that Vince Dooley coached at UGA I do not recall one newspaper article about how much his players earned.

Sports writers back then didn’t write junk that was nobody else’s business.

Why don’t you just stick to the sport since you are a “sports writer.”

This kind of crap makes me sick.

Brad

September 17th, 2012
4:05 pm

Can we not wait until the end of the year to see how we fair before we start giving raises???????

RiffRaff

September 17th, 2012
4:05 pm

A little Vandy news….

Franklin, upset by the way Georgia safety Shawn Williams acted immediately after the game, explained his case to Bulldogs coach Mark Richt. Cooler heads prevailed before things got out of hand.

“I see it as unfinished business,” defensive end Johnell Thomas said on Saturday. “We’re going to prepare for this game like we would prepare for any other game. We’re going to come out with high intensity, high expectations and no fear. We’re going to make this week of practice the best week of practice yet.”

Bremen Dawg

September 17th, 2012
4:17 pm

Lets not get too excited yet for the offense, remember we have played three teams that are not very good on defense and the defense is responsible for 14 pts in the Missouri game.

Dawg Haus

September 17th, 2012
4:19 pm

Man, I’m in the wrong business.

66DAWGnNC

September 17th, 2012
4:27 pm

Mr. Thomas might be wishing he was still attending to his “business” after Theus, Gates and co. unload on him a few times. I expect M. Hall or Q. Hicks to hit him so hard he will have to roll his socks down to finish his business. By the time Todd Gurley gets to the hole Mr. Thomas may be ready to jump in it and hide. I also believe Jarvis and co. will have something special up their sleeves for the Vandy O. I look for the team to come out focused from the beginning and play for 60 minutes. But one thing is different about this team that I have not seen from an UGA team in a long, long time. When they get down or face adversity during the game, they find a way to meet the challenge and slam the door (see Mizzou here). I would characterize them as resilient to this point. Let’s hope they stay perfect after Saturday.

Chip, the guys on ESPN are saying the suspensions have been lifted for Rambo and Ogletree. Any truth to that or is it just more ESPN jumping the gun and reporting what the think rather than what they know. Thanks.

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
4:28 pm

@Brad,
Hey they weren’t “raises”……they were just a good way to raise their salaries.
Kinda like the way Bill Clinton explained several of his misadventures!!!

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
4:32 pm

@66Dawg……
Right on and don’t forget the last time a player from Missouri ran his mouth about “old man football”!!!

Dawg Fud

September 17th, 2012
4:34 pm

I am die hard Dawg but not overly impressed with anything I have seen thus far in terms of total team performance. Sure, there are some outstanding individual performers but overall this team needs to improve.

I believe we are a top 15 team but not a top 5 team at this juncture.

I also do not like fans booing our team. It is not appropriate and reflects poorly on all of us. Not to mention the image it sends to our prospective student athletes.

Dr.P

September 17th, 2012
4:36 pm

Grantham pulled a fast one on McGarity, his defense is ranked #45. He doesn’t deserve his pay.

Bobo will be a Head Coach after this season, good grief, the guy is scoring 48 points a game, and his offense is ranked in the top 10 in the country in scoring.

McGarity, as usual, underpays the best coach, and overpays the worst.

Dr.P

September 17th, 2012
4:41 pm

Grantham is approach the numbers Willie Martinez gave up in 2008, the year Willie got fired. Should that continue, Grantham will be coaching for a Div 3 team soon.

Dr.P

September 17th, 2012
4:42 pm

Garner is overpaid, his dline has been pushed around, against these 3 lousy teams, ranks 8th in rush defense, and 10th in SEC in sacks.

Dr.P

September 17th, 2012
4:43 pm

I have no idea why UGA has a tight ends coach, the tight ends have caught 4 passes in 3 games. Fire him, and hire a special teams coach.

Dr.P

September 17th, 2012
4:45 pm

The offensive coaches are putting together top 10 national type of numbers, they should be paid a lot more.

the defense needs paycuts, across the board, and firings at DC and DLINE, LB’s. I’d let Lakaotas run it, and hire a new staff.

The General

September 17th, 2012
4:51 pm

Hey Macclenny_dawg
I wonder what your boss says about you before 9:00 every morning. You are probably not worth what you make either. Just saying

bulldogbubba

September 17th, 2012
4:53 pm

It is time for Bobo to move on.I wish him well!

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
4:55 pm

@say what (3:56)
You were right on…..the experts are starting to arrive (ie. Mcclennie, Dr.P, etc). Thank goodness they are not our coaches!!!

GT

September 17th, 2012
4:56 pm

They lose in Nashville this weekend and we will see how they restructure those salaries then. Sudden it would appear UGA has a real football schedule.

Snoop Dawg

September 17th, 2012
5:05 pm

Dawgs, don’t sell everything and jump in the deep end yet. Wait until we have actually played another ranked team…

Earl

September 17th, 2012
5:07 pm

GT: UGA will not lose in Nashville this weekend. I’ll bet you my house and car on it.

GT

September 17th, 2012
5:08 pm

So you think the Dawgs play Vandy in Nasville this weekend…GT- must stand for by head is big and I do not know a Dam thing that I write. Yes GT: the Games in Athens…Dumb A$$

Under The Bleachers

September 17th, 2012
5:09 pm

DawginLex

September 17th, 2012
3:40 pm
Keep scoring 40 points a game and getting 700 yards of offense and Bobo becomes a head coaching prospect.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4
I hope that was sarcasm at its finest.

Under The Bleachers

September 17th, 2012
5:10 pm

Earl

September 17th, 2012
5:07 pm
GT: UGA will not lose in Nashville this weekend. I’ll bet you my house and car on it.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$444

Smart bet!

Rick James

September 17th, 2012
5:13 pm

@GT

An ACC schedule is a real schedule I suppose…

PaulPaul

September 17th, 2012
5:15 pm

GT
They play in Athens. Most of my Tech friends at least know their facts. Hope Tech has a good year. Makes us look better each time we beat you. I am not sure what “Sudden it would appear UGA has a real football schedule” means.

Rick James

September 17th, 2012
5:20 pm

I’d say that Mike Bobo is in spite of all the ctitics would be a better head coaching prospect that Paul Johnson who couldnt recruit flies to a picnic..If CPJ ever loses his job at Tech it’s back to Division two or whatever its called now or a mid major.No school other than Tech will have him

Uga Grad 94

September 17th, 2012
5:20 pm

700 yards against FAU. Yeah, we’re SEC elite. We coudln’t score 20 on Bama and hold them to hold Bama to under 50 pts. Bozo is as sorry as ever.

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
5:29 pm

Gene Chizik and Derrick Dooley are sending out resumes… hot seats for sure.. homes listed for Sale in Rocky Top and East Alabama ???

Tony

September 17th, 2012
5:32 pm

GT

We play Vanderbilt in Athens this weekend… are you guys as good at engineering as you are at geography??? Try not to speak unless you have all the facts….

Rick James

September 17th, 2012
5:39 pm

@Uga Grad 94

700 yards against FAU. Yeah, we’re SEC elite. We coudln’t score 20 on Bama and hold them to hold Bama to under 50 pts. Bozo is as sorry as ever
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Uga?????????? Are you kidding me.There is no way you’ve ever attended a class at “UGA”

SCDawg

September 17th, 2012
5:41 pm

66DAWGnNC…Where are you seeing the ESPN report on the suspensions being lifted?

Denis

September 17th, 2012
5:42 pm

It would be impressive if they lost in Nashville considering the game is in Athens…

Dawg1

September 17th, 2012
5:43 pm

When you look at the amounts, this is a non-story.

But hey, it gave GT something to do this afternoon.

Why do you guys ‘bite’ from a supporter of a team that has lost 10 out of 11 to the Dawgs?

Clanton Dawg

September 17th, 2012
5:47 pm

I hope all suspensions are final and we can really see how our guys will play together as a unit. If the offense continues to execute Bobo’s game plan, we could be in for a fun season. GO DAWGS!!!

it is what it is

September 17th, 2012
5:48 pm

you give somebody a raise because you beat Fl Atlantic and Sisters of the whoever What planet are you people living on? Unemployment is still all over the place GEEZ

Habanero

September 17th, 2012
5:52 pm

How ’bout a little re-by-god-structurin’!

Vain Jangling

September 17th, 2012
5:56 pm

The polls say that the Dawgs are a Top 5 team, but everybody knows that they haven’t played a dominating game on offense or defense yet, and against mainly subpar opponents. Say thanks I guess to a favorable schedule (yeah, something Bama or LSU would never have to do). Here’s hoping they begin this Saturday, and especially against Tennessee, to put it all together. But lest we forget; UGA fans (and I am a big one) can never be satisfied! That is, unless, the ghost of Erk Russell shows up with a 20-year-old Herschel Walker in tow.

66DAWGnNC

September 17th, 2012
5:56 pm

SCDawg, I was watching ESPNU and it was either CFB Daily or CFB Live. I was surfing the DAWG sites on the web and one of them mentioned the Vandy game and said UGA should be in good shape with all the suspensions lifted. I have not read or heard anything else and was just trying to get confirmation from Chip.

bubba4dawgs

September 17th, 2012
7:13 pm

Ah, give gt a break! A nerd from the North Ave. Trade School isn’t supposed to know geography! They have nothing to cheer about, so they get on the DAWGS blog and blow!

Game Changer

September 17th, 2012
7:14 pm

Is 2012 going to be short on revenue?

Trying to tie the athletic funds into the educational and student funds is a great way to steal the students money by paying high interest rates back to the athletic department.

Could the master plan be to loan shark money from the students / educational funds back to the PRIVATE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT???

Rodney Garner

September 17th, 2012
7:32 pm

Hot damn! Mo money fo the buffet!

Rodney Garner

September 17th, 2012
7:34 pm

hell, I might even be able to afford Denny’s now

Rodney Garner

September 17th, 2012
7:37 pm

now I can afford to pay some Ga Tech engineers to build me a bra strong enough to support my moobs…….maybe my big ole belly too

Kathryn Roberts

September 17th, 2012
8:29 pm

Game charger – makes sense. I think you’re onto something.