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.