Good for him; he’s earned it. But it’s the patented McGarity triangulation that makes the pay story interesting.
Bobo’s increase moves him to fourth in pay among offensive coordinators in the SEC behind Florida’s Brent Pease and LSU’s Cam Cameron at $600,000 and Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier at $590,000, according to various media reports. Cameron is set to make $1.3 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015.
Bobo was the ninth-highest paid offensive coordinator before the increase.
“It’s not the highest in the conference, but it’s among the top three or four and that’s where we felt Mike should be,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “Mike has played a huge part in not only running the offense but in the development of our quarterbacks. The way he’s been such an integral part of recruiting in general it was a priority for Mark Richt and that’s where we ended up.”
I’m not sure I want to live in a world where Georgia’s athletic director thinks Mike Bobo deserves to be paid about the same as Brent Pease. They sure didn’t get similar results last season.
And then there’s this.
Georgia’s nine assistant coaches will be paid a total of $3.225 million, up from about $2.77 million last season. McGarity said that’s not in the top tier in the conference but is comparable with SEC East rival Florida.
I mean, seriously? I guess when LSU offensive staff is scheduled to make about what Georgia’s staff in its entirety earns next year, McGarity will check with Jeremy Foley first before deciding what to do on the pay front.
And still no word on whether Bobo’s in line for a multi-year deal.
Maybe McGarity figures that everyone should be as loyal to the institution as he is and be willing to take a few less bucks for the privilege of working in Athens. After all, he’s the man who’s making less than all but two of his conference peers – not to mention less than his counterpart at Georgia Tech.
It’s going to make for some interesting decisions down the road as the money flow into the SEC keeps assistants’ deals rising. We’ll see if McGarity chooses to keep up. And if the staff is as loyal as he’s banking on it being.