Remember how McGarity said he gives Richt a salary pool for the assistants and Richt figures out how to parcel the money out among them?
Well if that’s the case, either Mark Richt is a financial wizard or he’s not going to pay the new offensive coordinator anything, because Jeremy Pruitt just made bank.
As Georgia’s first-year defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt made quite the impact for the Bulldogs this fall.
Friday, head coach Mark Richt extended Pruitt’s contract by a year to 2017 and boosted his salary to $1.3 million per season. Pruitt had two years left on his original deal at an annual salary of $850,000 per season.
“Our defense has performed at a very high level this season and much of it is due to Jeremy’s leadership,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “It’s important that we solidify his tenure at Georgia and continue to build our defense in all areas, including recruiting, defense and player development.”
As Weiszer notes, that puts Pruitt in Kirby Smart territory. That’s a lot of love to show there.
The key words from Richt there are “solidify his tenure”. Dasher hints that McClendon and Rocker are next in line, presumably for the same reason. Nobody else is going anywhere. You could say that McGarity has given in to recognizing the reality of the current market for coaches.
It’s good to see this getting settled. Richt can move forward and point at this with recruits and the applicant pool for the open staff positions as evidence of administration’s support of the football program. It’s perfect timing for a sense of momentum.
B-M has stepped up. Now it’s time for the coaching staff to do the same thing.