Hey – remember this?
But as Garner adamantly pointed out in an exclusive interview with the AJC Thursday night, “this is not about the money.”
Sure, sure. It’s just an added perk that Rodney Garner’s new annual salary at Auburn is a cool $500,000.00. We don’t know the complete terms of his contract, since Auburn still refuses to release the details (why?), but if it turns out that’s part of a multi-year deal Garner agreed to, there should be little surprise about why he’s no longer coaching in Athens.
As it is, Mike Bobo is making a mere $75,000 a year more than Garner. And Malzahn’s staff is making more than Richt’s. Keeping Garner looks like it would have been a financial bridge too far for the likes of McGarity.
My point here isn’t to say whether Georgia’s AD was right or wrong in making that call. For one thing, I have no idea what Richt’s position was on the matter. But Garner’s new paycheck is another clear indication that the deals top assistants are getting in the SEC are headed in a certain direction and it’s up to Georgia to adapt. Either that, or hope that Richt’s charm continues to go a long, long way in keeping assistants’ salaries under control.