If you haven’t been reading the series in USA Today on the escalating costs associated with coaches’ salaries, you should. It costs money to have a winning program, and it costs more money to keep a winning program together.
When you’ve got Wake Forest – Wake Forest! – having to defend itself on what it pays Jim Grobe, that should give you an idea of where things have gotten.
The reason I mention this is because if you’re one who believes there’s substance to the rumor mongering that currently engulfs the Dawgnation regarding the fate of certain assistant coaches, you’d best realize that bringing in a high-profile assistant or assistants won’t be cheap. And while Georgia certainly hasn’t stinted on what it pays Mark Richt, it’s fair to characterize the level of compensation directed to its assistant coaches as strictly middle of the pack by SEC standards. There’s also Georgia’s reluctance to offer multi-year contracts to its assistants to consider, something that’s becoming commonplace elsewhere around the conference.
In other words, if changes are coming, they’re going to be sea changes in how the athletic department has done business since the dawn of time. Do Damon Evans and Michael Adams strike you as the kind of folks who are ready to make those kinds of changes? I’m not being snarky when I ask that – I honestly don’t know. But be aware that it won’t be Mark Richt alone who is likely to face a tough call about where to go with the coaching staff in this offseason.