That’s why they pay him the big bucks.

Nice timing.

… McClendon, officials at Georgia have told me, was offered other jobs – almost certainly in January – when recruiting was in full swing. Losing him to another school at that moment would have been a brutal blow to Georgia’s chances of signing Isaiah Crowell.

Jobs, plural.  Life in the SEC is cutthroat.

And I thought nobody wanted Georgia assistant coaches…

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26 responses to “That’s why they pay him the big bucks.

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    So did McClendon just barter his way into a pay raise?

  2. Derek

    “The way I look at it, Georgia – which always seems to be hemorrhaging money, but never seemed to spend it until Greg McGartiy arrived”

    I think this guy needs to invest in a dictionary.

  3. biggusrickus

    So people wanted to hire away four coaches off the staff last year. It certainly puts the “nobody wants Georgia assistants” thing to rest. It’s weird that coaches from an underachieving 6-7 team were targeted though.

    • shane#1

      Two words, dream team. UGA made waves in the recruiting world, and recruiting drives college football.

    • Go Dawgs!

      Losing season doesn’t automatically = bad coaching. With the exception of McClendon, these guys had previous bodies of work. ;)

  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    It’s not a stretch to conclude that other schools were either hoping for a McClendon/Crowell package deal with their offers, or just trying to disrupt our chances by coaxing away a coach they didn’t really need to hire.

    • Ausdawg85

      Agree. What are the odds the same number of offers for the same amount of money are still available today?

  5. Comin' Down The Track

    Man, I hope that Dawgpost.com writer didn’t actually graduate from UGA because his inability to write or to even find an editor that would clean up that hot mess devalues all of our degrees. Yeesh.

  6. 69Dawg

    I’m still convinced that McClendon is not a RB coach. He may be a great recruiter but RB coach not so much.

    • shane#1

      The main job of a RB coach is recruiting. So that makes Mclendon a good RB coach by definition. As far as the actual coaching part, I could do that. “Take care of the ball, get your pad level low, be patient and let your blockers open a hole, run to daylight.” Oh, “see where the blitz is coming from and get in their way.” There now, I am a RB coach.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        If that’s what there is to it, Ealey flunks on every one.

        • Gern Blanski

          U care to compare Ealey’s stats to any if the other Top 10 rb recruits from two years ago? Ealey and Richardson are far and away the top 2 backs from that class.

          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            To put Ealey and Richardson in the same sentence is….(I’ll let you fill in the blank).

            • Gern Blanski

              Not that much of a stretch.

              Richardson stats:
              1470 yds, 257 carries, 5.71 avg, 14 td’s
              39 Rec, 392 yds, 10.05 avg, 4 td’s

              Ealey stats:
              1528 yds, 282 carries, 5.41 avg., 14 td’s
              11 rec., 108 yds, 9.81 avg, 0 td’s

              Both players have split time with other players in the backfield, so neither should be considered the full time starter. Richardson considered the #2 RB recruit out of high school (Bryce Brown was #1) and Ealey was #4 that same year.

              I am not saying that Ealey is better than Richardson, but for all the grief we are giving the guy – you would think he is a complete bust. Out of the top RB”s from that year’s recruiting class – Richardson and Ealey have turned out to be the best thus far. Plus Ealey’s stats compare pretty favorably to Richardson’s stats.

              I think the team will be better if Ealey is on the roster this fall rather than just relying on Crowell. Also, Crowell better be ready if he wants playing time, because Ealey has the talent to be a really good RB at this level.

      • shane#1

        Sorry about that last post 69 Dog. I didn’t mean to be that sarcastic.

  7. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m sorry, but the truth is McClendon sucks as a coach. The results speak for themselves. I can’t fathom why Dawgs would hire him, retain him, or give him a raise. But if our organization was making good decisions to begin with, we wouldn’t have gone 6-7. Any other team dumb enough to hire him away was doing us a huge favor.

    I love and appreciate fans who only want good things to happen for the Dawgs. But you don’t put a bandaid on a broken arm. Keeping McClendon is equal to keeping CWM for another year. We know he’s failed, but we make up excuses to retain him because it’s distasteful and distracting to let him leave.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      +1. The only way to judge a position coach is by how well his players are doing. Ealey and King had all the potential in the world and look at their last season. ‘Nuff said.

    • DawgGirl32

      Wasn’t Stacy Searels our “running game coordinator”? I put more blame on him than anyone.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Yep and he’s gone. He was also the O-line coach. In essence he was in charge of the two aspects of the team that performed the worst last season. I say “good riddance.”

  8. Pumpdawg

    I’ve never understood why UGA has an ex-receiver coaching running backs and an ex-running back coaching receivers.