Is Georgia pinching pennies with its S&C program?

David Ching posts some data which suggests that’s the case, although the purse strings seem to have been loosened some this year.

But here’s what I see:  out of eleven programs from last season reporting data, Joe Tereshinski made less as the head S&C coach than all but one of his peers.  The Florida coach made more than twice as much; Alabama’s and LSU’s coaches made nearly double.  And as for assistant pay, Georgia ranked dead last.

Here’s what’s gotten better:  “… Georgia’s three remaining strength assistants, Armstrong, Thomas and Gilbert, combine to make $260,000. That’s $70,539 more than UGA spent on five assistants last year.”  So there’s that.

Maybe it doesn’t matter too much.  But I do find it weird where this program sees fit to save a few bucks here and there – and in the context of the revenue the football program generates, this is just a few bucks.  I suspect Georgia was the only place last season where its head coach had to resort to this:

… Tereshinski, Gray and former strength assistant Clay Walker were among the Georgia staffers to whom Richt paid bowl bonuses out of his own pocket — unknowingly an NCAA violation, which Georgia self-reported last year — when UGA in December 2009 cited “difficult economic conditions being experienced by the University” in refusing to make those traditional bonus payments.

Nice.

(By the way, it looks like ‘Bama runs afoul of the new NCAA rule limiting S&C staffs to five total coaches.  Can Nick Saban roster manage coaches like he does players?  Stay tuned.)

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27 responses to “Is Georgia pinching pennies with its S&C program?

  1. pantslesspatdye

    I wrote a larger check this year for tickets, so I’m guessing ticket prices went up as will Georgia’s monster profit margins – what are we doing with all this money?

  2. Go Dawgs!

    UGA Athletics is filthy rich. They’re jacking up prices all over the place, and they are consistently ranked as one of the most profitable athletic departments in the nation. It is ridiculous that we act like we can’t pay fair market value for strength coaches… or assistants, for that matter. Auburn and Tennessee are making it rain, and we act like it’s a chore to pay Todd Grantham. What a joke.

  3. charlottedawg

    What are we the 2nd or 3rd most profitable athletic department in the country? Start acting like it! We should be pinching pennies nowhere. What we should be doing is using our vast resources to put distance between ourselves and our conference brethren as well as hire the best in their field, pay them accordingly, and hold them accountable for on field performance. Instead we do stupid shit like drug test after spring break. It’s almost like we just cannot bear the thought of winning big and winning consistently.

  4. Shane#1

    Why do ya’ll act shocked? It has always been that way at UGA. Dooley had to flirt with Auburn and later Notre Dame to get a raise, and the ND deal was after winning a National Championship. Richt is the fifth highest paid, well fourth, thanks to a bike ride, coach in the SEC and his staff is paid at about that level or less. At UGA it’s not about MNCs, it’s about the monies.

  5. Bulldog Joe

    Our baseball and basketball game facilities are perceived by most to be the Mendoza-line of the SEC and we recruit overwhemingly in-state.

    Where does our money go?

    • adam

      I remember reading a while back that UGA’s athletic department had enough money to run for 5 years without bringing in a dime.

      So… Where does our money go? Apparently the answer is: nowhere.

    • D.N. Nation

      Hoops facilities are greatly improved. You’d be right if it was 2007.

  6. Y’all know what “profitable” means, right? Revenue minus expenses equals profit. So being profitable means expenses are low. Expenses like paying coaches.

    • pantslesspatdye

      I think everyone here knows what profit is. The question is, what does the Athletic Department then do with said residuals?

      Interest bearing investments? Some form of endowments? Title IX sports (I’ve been to most of these facilities and doubt this)? Keeping debt principal low?

      • If we know what profit means, why are we surprised at how we attempt to keep down expenses? And I think we use the profits to keep down debt on facilities improvements. And also reinvest in the University. Michael Adams needs a new gold and jewel encrusted bidet to match his gold toilet.

  7. Skeptic Dawg

    I have read comments on this site (Mayor maybe? Sorry if that is wrong) and have heard from another that UGA is not committed to winning. This is merely another brick added on that very wall. Given what we have seen over the past 3-4 years, I am starting to buy into the “lack of commitment” theory. 1-Unwillingness to pay assistants. 2-Indoor facility? (one that is capable of holding a full field). 3-Some would argue Jacksonville (I enjoy the trip). 4-The baseball facilities and coaching staff. 5-Men’s hoops ( you could use the chicken and/or egg argument here). It is sad given the amount of football, baseball and hoops talent in this state that the Dawgs fail to compete on a national level in the big 3 sports. Someone was recently scolded on this very site for making harsh statements regarding the lack of funding given to the baseball program (WT).

    • Bulldog Joe

      No scolding here. We are the second-largest university in the conference, flush with money from a new media contract, with no significant outstanding payments to former coaches. We don’t use all our football scholarships and have a ton of HOPE-recipients on our rosters.

      We scrimp on basketball and baseball, often using Title IX as an excuse while other universities do what is necessary to compete and win.

      If we are (legally) redirecting a portion of the money to fund the new medical and engineering schools, then let us know. I can live with that as both are necessary to serve a growing state and boost the university’s endowment to more competitive levels.

      Otherwise, it appears to be a slush fund and current contributors will get wise to it, holding back their next donation until there is better accountability.

    • Dog in Fla

      Maybe the commitment is to offshore money the old-fashioned way

      “Georgia isn’t just #1 in the SEC in terms of profits, they’re #2 in the entire country behind Texas. If you do the math, Georgia is only putting 25.8% of their football revenue back into the program. Meanwhile, the 2009 National Champion, Alabama, was putting 43.3% back into their program, and the 2010 National Champion, Auburn, invested 42.2 percent.”

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/sportsmoney/2011/01/26/whos-making-money-in-sec-football/

    • DawgWalker07

      Not to give McGarity a pass here but numbers 1, 2, and 5 were inherited from Evans. Since McGarity took over we’ve started paying our coaches more. Jacksonville didn’t seem like a problem this year. I got nothing on baseball though. Hopefully they’ve been working on some secret stadium renovations and they’re waiting to surprise us with them.

    • Why do we need an indoor facility? Just cause everyone else has them is a bad idea. Same with spending millions for something you’ll use less than 10 times a year. If we could combine it in to an indoor practice an indoor track facility so that it can be used for track and field, it makes much more financial sense. But tens of millions of dollars. For something you’ll practice in only a few dozen times over an entire decade? Not exactly a good use of money when we could spend that money on better S&C staff, recruiting staff, or training facilities we might actually use on an at least once a month basis.

  8. Bubs

    It must be the offseason…

  9. S.E. Dawg

    Michale Adams is standing in line right now to get his annual one to two million from the Athletic Association. Don’t know about all you guys but that’s money I’ve sent for football and other sports at UGA.

    With the money the AA has, we should be winning championships.

  10. RBIdawg

    Glad I stopped giving my money to those cheapskates.

  11. Thanks for reading the story. It’s important to point out that the data is from last year so I could compare what Georgia was paying the staffers — most of whom left after the season — with what other schools were paying their strength coaches. Clearly they are now willing to pay significantly more.

    Also, the rule governing the number of coaches allowed to work in a S&C capacity goes into effect this year, so I’m sure Alabama is addressing that issue just as Georgia did. Georgia had six last year if you count John Kasay, who was categorized as a part-time employee. Complying with the new rule was one of the reasons UGA supplied for his retirement.

    • Weiszer reminded me that Van Halanger is still on the payroll, even if he’s not a member of the S&C staff anymore. That’s probably a situation not shared by many other SEC programs.

  12. Ed Kilgore

    As I have painfully learned in a profession far from college football, professionals tend to get paid according to what it takes to keep them from going elsewhere, and not a dime more. By and large, Georgia has been willing to play that game, viz. the large pay raises recently given to assistant coaches being courted by other programs. Maybe our S&C coaches are in lighter demand. In any event, the idea that pay equals ability at any given moment is really off, in college football and in most of the U.S. economy.

    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      True. I would say Joe T. was in extremely light demand (for a number of reasons) as a S&C trainer before his promotion.

  13. And here’s another fun fact that was not particularly relevant to the story. Micky Marotti at Florida was working on a SIX-YEAR contract before he left to join Meyer at Ohio State. McGarity is one of the folks who signed the contract when it was revised a few years back. Also, Scott Cochran at Alabama was recently raised to $325K