I’ve seen/heard some suggestions in the wake of the Pruitt extension that it shows Georgia can and will do something on a similar level with the offensive coordinator hire. Eh, I’m not so sure about that.
And I don’t necessarily mean that as criticism.
If I’ve slagged B-M and McGarity in particular for trying to ignore the reality of the market, honesty compels me to admit that the offensive coordinator market is a different beast from the market Georgia faced in Pruitt’s case. Take a look at USA Today’s assistant coaches’ salary database to see what I mean here. With Muschamp’s hire and Pruitt’s raise, there are now four assistants in the SEC making more than a million dollars a year, only one of whom, Cam Cameron, is on the offensive side.
And Cameron is clearly an outlier. Roper and Kiffin were the next highest paid offensive coordinators this past season and each made about half of what Cameron did.
There is simply a higher premium put on good defensive coordinators in this conference. Some of that is probably due to some SEC head coaches, like Freeze, Malzahn and Sumlin, still being heavily involved in their offenses’ play. Some of it is probably due to stopping an offense being harder to do these days than ever. And some is due to there being plenty of talented offensive guys out there, particularly if you’re looking to run some version of the Air Raid.
Georgia doesn’t need to spend over a million a year to get a top-notch guy, in other words. But it’s probably going to have to spend more than it did on Bobo.
The message here is that Richt should have some real flexibility in going after the coach he wants for the position. I tend to agree with Emerson and Estes at this point that the next OC is likely not on anyone’s radar yet.