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.
(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.)