Butts-Mehre shows us the money.

It’s about time to do a wrap-up post on the subject of whatever tension there’s been between the coaching staff and the athletic administration prior to this month’s developments, because, if nothing else, there’s been a dramatic change in how money is being spent on coaches compensation.  Chip Towers does the speculative math:

Georgia’s salary pool for assistant football coaches was $3.3 million coming into this past season. That’s about to go way up.

The Bulldogs already have approved a $450,000 raise for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. And while contract figures are not yet available for new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, it’s clear he’ll earn significantly more than former OC Mike Bobo, who was making $575,000 a year.

Trying to find a verifiable data base of NFL assistant coach compensation is nearly impossible. But based on published reports, Schottenheimer was set to earn “nearly $2 million” a year back in 2009 when he was offensive coordinator for the New York Jets. It would follow that he was probably making more than that with the St. Louis Rams.

Publicly at least, Schottenheimer was in good stead with the Rams and head coach Jeff Fisher before opting to leave to accept Georgia’s coordinator position earlier this week. But between the heat on Fisher and Schottenheimer himself in St. Louis, it would indicate that Schottenheimer was seeking more security elsewhere.

To supply that, UGA will sure offer him its standard three-year contract it uses for coordinators. My guess is that would be in the range of $1.5 million a year. I would almost guarantee it would be for no less than Pruitt’s $1.3 million. So going that number, the Bulldogs are due to pay $725,000 more annually for an offensive coordinator than it did previously.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Georgia is set to provide promotions and raises for defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and running backs coach Bryan McClendon. Like Pruitt, they were offered coaching opportunities elsewhere in 2014. They are due to make $300,000 and $250,000, respectively, this fiscal year.

So a low-balling guess of $200,000 in annual increases for those two coaches would place the salary-pool increase for football of $1.5 million for 2015. And that doesn’t include the still vacant position of offensive line coach. Will Friend earned $300,000 as Georgia’s O-line coach and running game coordinator last year.

Add in whatever pay bump Richt is scheduled to get with his latest contract extension, and you’re talking real money.

Consider that, before all these raises are set to hit the books, Georgia’s salaries for its 10 on-field coaches for football ($6.5 million) represented 6.5 percent of the athletic association’s total operating budget (approximately $99 million). And that’s obviously about to go up considerably.

Comparatively, that’s about the same as South Carolina’s (6.6 percent), slightly above Arkansas’ (6.4), well above that of Texas (5) and behind Alabama and Auburn (8 percent), according to published figures.

To which Towers observes, “All this money being thrown around certainly undercuts the notion that UGA is thrifty when it comes to football or athletics in general.”

That’s a nice straw man argument.  Nobody argues that Georgia doesn’t spend money; it’s an SEC program, so that comes with the territory.  (By the way, Chip, 8% of Alabama’s budget is a shitload more than 6.5% of Georgia’s.  Just sayin’.)  The question is whether Georgia’s athletic administration has been sensitive to market changes.  And that’s a question that was highlighted by Greg McGarity’s own words.

As for assistant salaries, Georgia’s rankings of fifth in the SEC and 13th nationally seems about right to McGarity, based on results.

“That’s about where we are,” he said. “That’s about where we should be. Are we there with LSU, and Alabama and Auburn of recent years? Probably not, because they’ve done great things, they’ve played in the bigger bowls. They’ve had great success on a national level better than us. So it’s all reflective of performance.”

But offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, whose offense has set records the past few years, continues to be paid nearly $300,000 less than the school’s defensive coordinator. McGarity said that’s Richt’s decision, or at least Richt’s decision within the salary pool that he is provided each year.

“Mark has a pool of money that he allocates however he allocates,” McGarity said. “There was a significant jump made after the ’12 season for Mike. The pool is reflective of team success. You basically see where the pool is and how it ranks and where you finish. It’s all based on results.”    [Emphasis added.]

Since those words were uttered, one thing has happened related to performance:  Georgia beat Louisville in the Belk Bowl.  It would be a stretch to call that something similar to what McGarity chalked up the salary commitments at some of Georgia’s peer institutions, so either McGarity was blowing smoke when he said that to Emerson and intended to hand out big raises to the staff all along, or something happened behind the scenes at Butts-Mehre to prompt a change in approach.  You tell me which.  Again, in McGarity’s own words, he tends to be reactive to coaches’ needs, rather than proactive.

“… But a lot of times it’s got to be the coach expressing to us what’s important. My question to coaches is, ‘What can I do to help you?’ And if I don’t know about it, I can’t predict what they want in that vein.”

Ask yourself if this sounds like a coach who hadn’t let his AD know what’s important.

After Schottenheimer left the room, Richt unprompted made a point to thank Georgia’s administration specifically for stepping up to bring Schottenheimer aboard and give defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt a contract extension and a bump in salary to $1.3 million.

He specifically mentioned only president Jere Morehead.

“A lot of these things are market-driven so to speak,” Richt said. “There are people that pursue our coaches at time. And I guess there’s a cost of doing business.”

I have no idea what’s led to the money being paid out now.  And I really don’t care, as long as it’s an indication that B-M and the coaching staff are on the same page about what it takes to get the program where it needs to be. That’s welcome news.

Just don’t try to sell me that what we’re seeing now is business as usual.  The truth is more like the immortal words of Rod Tidwell, “you’re a little slow, but you come around.”

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  1. It was Richt telling McGarity that he had no problem going ahead and retiring if they didn’t show more commitment.

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  2. ClydeBoogie

    McGrinch has been a major disappointment. Morehead needs to start looking for a new AD asap. Real question here what is McGrinch’s real worth to the program? All I see is he’s a pain in the butt.

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    • Good question. Whether the “Richt is just mediocre” crowd is correct or not, Richt does have the best won-loss record of anybody who coached football at UGA for a living. By contrast, Is McGarity the best athletics director we have ever had?

      How does UGA rank in the Sears Cup competition under McGarity compared with how it did under Dooley?

      Richt won an SEC title under each of McGarity’s two predecessors and finished in the top 5 with a Sugar Bowl championship under McGarity’s predecessor.

      The Reserve Fund managers’ spouses love the increase in commissions made under McGarity but how have the collective sports programs’ results trended under McGarity.

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  3. SKB

    ADGM is more the reactionary type who responds way too late when the AD is in turmoil. Good thing Moorehead stepped up when he did.. otherwise who would want to come and be Richt’s replacement knowing u will have to fight with the AD for money and facilities…

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  4. Andrew

    So if we’re all in for getting the coaches what they want, are we done mocking them for asking to “move the game”?

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  5. Ted Deviasse

    SEC Network $$ anyone??? I read where, and unfortunately don’t recall where, every member institution is set to receive approx. a $20mil check from expanded T.V. coverage. Would this not explain how the Miss. St./Ole Miss’s of the conference are throwing around money lately?

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  6. Gaskilldawg asks an interesting question about the other programs that I think needs some consideration. We all focus mainly on football here, and I certainly realize it is the big cash cow, but we’ve also enjoyed significant success in several sports; equestrian, gymnastics, swimming, et al. Never toted home the Sears cup, but we’re usually in the running.

    Our passion for the gridiron runs deep, and we all want success. All I’m suggesting is that we look at the entire athletic program. I think we have a lot to be proud of. How much of that McGarity should get credit for I don’t know.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Don’t know what Towers is drinking, but there’s no way Schotty gets 1.5 mil OR higher pay than CJP. If Schotty gets above 1 mil per year I’ll be surprised.

    Seems like Morehead has had to be a mediator. BM certainly needs permission to open the purse. I’m not going to fault McGarity entirely. Looks like his response to requests for more money and better facilities was to get at least one of CMR’s deadbeat buddies off the payroll (van halanger), and to insist on better results on the field. I’m okay with that. McG has dumbed-down the schedule for CMR too. Last year’s schedule was tailor-made for a title run, but we didn’t even win our division. Lost 2 f-ing games after bye weeks!

    Seems to me CMR has gotten everything he wished for. Now its time for him to produce.

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    • WF dawg

      I hadn’t thought about doing away with Van Halanger’s position as a way to pay for higher coaches’ salaries. Do we know if the position itself is being eliminated, or is it being filled with someone else?

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Richt has said the position won’t be “re-filled.”

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        • Van “leech” Halanger is FINALLY off the payroll? Seriously?

          Link please? Confirmation?

          Thank goodness. My god, that crony leeched off the program for the last 14 years.

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          • BMan

            It was mentioned in the Richt-only portion of the presser introducing Schottenheimer.

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            • That’s the best news of all, the entire off season.

              I wonder how many more pure leeches we have still on the payroll?

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              • gastr1

                Why do you care? Obviously a position like that has nothing to do with Ws and Ls. What’s in it for you, or any of the rest of us?

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                • Because the money being spent on those leeches should instead be spent on someone productive that can actually help the program win.

                  Furthermore, while I am no longer a tax payer in the State of Georgia, some of my family still is. Their tax payer dollars shouldn’t be wasted on a leech who does nothing like Van Halanger.

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    • sUGArdaddy

      Tailor-made…except for playing two top 20 (maybe top 15) teams in our out of conference schedule. Yes, that was exactly just like Ohio St. and Bama playing VaTech and WVU. Tailor-made. Exactly.

      Don’t get me on scheduling. Saban went 9-3 one time in Tuscaloosa. It was probably with his most talented team in 2010, which had a Heisman winner and a senior QB who had just won a natty. Also, Julio Jones was a junior on that team. But, for the only time in Saban’s tenure, they played 2 BCS level out of conference games: hosting Penn St. and @ Duke. After opening w/ San Jose St, they went on a stretch of Penn St., Duke, Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina. It caught up with them. We do that to Richt EVERY year and can’t figure out why we go 9-3.

      When you play 10 games against teams that can beat you, that’s another game you can’t emotionally breathe or rest a starter that is banged up. It catches up with you. One time since we went to 12 games (2006) have we played only Tech (1 OOC game vs. BCS-level) — that was 2012. We went 11-1 and played for the SEC title, nearly winning it all. Take out those games since then and put in a cupcake, and you know you have at least 4 more wins (2009 OSU, 2010 Colorado, 2011 Boise, and 2013 Clemson). What we don’t know is how much of a difference it makes in confidence, psyche and injuries.

      Start scheduling like Bama for a few years (or give Saban Richt’s schedule) and talk to me then. There’s no comparison. We’ve had the most difficult schedule in the SEC the last 8 years of any of the big time teams, and it’s not even close. And then we can’t figure out why we can’t win games like we did in Richt’s first 6-7 years.

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Finally….thank you sir.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Excuses, excuses. So CMR gets a pass when he doesn’t produce, but BM/McGarity doesn’t get a pass after fixing the schedule to make winning as easy as possible in the sec.

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        • sUGArdaddy

          Do you really not get it? BM/McGarity “HAVEN’T” fixed the scheduling until right now, but it’s still not totally fixed. Damon put the program in a hole with this national scheduling mess.

          We have FINALLY fixed it for ’15, and I’m hopeful we’ll have it fixed for ’16. But, in 2017, we’re going to South Bend and have no business going there in Brice Ramsey’s senior year.

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      • derek

        LSU had the most difficult schedule the last 8 or so years in the SEC with their strong OOC games and Bama.

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  8. Bright Idea

    Looking from the outside in McGarity is clearly a caretaker, not a visionary. He admits the need to be told what is required to keep the program growing. From the outside it is also hard for me to believe that McGarity has the final say on matters, especially football. I also am unsure if the Regents and powers that be really want a visionary in the AD position.

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  9. back9k9

    As for assistant salaries, Georgia’s rankings of fifth in the SEC and 13th nationally seems about right to McGarity, based on results.

    “That’s about where we are,” he said. “That’s about where we should be. Are we there with LSU, and Alabama and Auburn of recent years? Probably not, because they’ve done great things, they’ve played in the bigger bowls. They’ve had great success on a national level better than us. So it’s all reflective of performance.”

    When I read this it makes me think of the old adage “Dress for the job you want and not the job you have.” The attitude at Butts-Mere should be to spend for where we want our program to be, not where we have finished.

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  10. Ant123

    President Morehead saw the stupidity of not paying Bobo fairly to keep him. Only to turn around and pay the new guy even more. Richt was merely thanking him for recognizing that fact. Now if he would only recognize that the AD is a dud.

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    • Gene Simmons

      Hopefully our next “big hire” is a competent AD.

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    • He still couldn’t have made Bobo a head coach, which was the other part of the deal. Not just about $.

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      • Ant123

        That is true. However Bobo’s loyalty to and love of Athens and UGA were greater than his desire to be the Head coach at Colorado State. But at the same time he wanted that loyalty reciprocated by paying him similarly to what the other top coordinators in the conference are paid. When they were turned down flat by Mcgarity, he bolted. Simple as that.
        After that and the possibility of interest being shown in Pruitt, several donors got to President Morehead and expressed their extreme dissatisfaction. That set in to motion the most recent events.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Well, I am glad Bobo is gone, because, according to what you say, he said money had nothing to do with going to Colorado State, which would make him a liar, which we don’t need.

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          • Ant123

            Except I didn’t say that at all. I said “his desire to be the Head coach at Colorado State” was not as great as his desire to stay at home.and be an SEC offensive coordinator. Where are you getting your information?

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              From what Bobo said, in quotes, on this blog. Obviously you have better information than is available here.

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                • Ant123

                  What was he going to say? “I came back and told coach Richt that I’ve wanted to be a head coach but my heart is still here. But the extra $800,000.00 will really help my family. It’s not really just about the money but I’ve felt disrespected. You know our offense has performed at or near the top of the conference but my pay is below the people in the middle of the offensive pack of the conference. I know Mcgarity has not really been cooperative with your priorities including trying to keep the coaches salaries competitive. Coach Richt went to Mcgarity and was told he would not discuss coaches salaries until after the season. Based on my experience I had no confidence anything would happen of significance.
                  So I felt it was best for my family and I won’t have to continue to deal with an AD that is not supportive.”
                  Can you actually think he would have or should have said that?
                  What he said was true given the above. He said it the best he thought he could for himself and the home he loves.

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                • Scorpio Jones, III

                  It’s always nice to have someone who has such detailed inside information into how other folks think.

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                • Ant123

                  Some things I have the privilege of knowing.

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                • sUGArdaddy

                  Go see the article in the Denver Post today. Mike was ready to be a head coach.

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                • Ant123

                  I don’t need to. Like I said some things I know.

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        • derek

          Bobo was about to get a big raise, but he left before it happened.

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          • Ant

            No actually he wasn’t. He was told they will reevaluate after the season and he had been there and done that the last two years. Had he been assured of there being a raise that put him in the ballpark of the SEC’s other top OC’s he would still be here.

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  11. “What can you do for me Greg? Show me the money… Greg? You better yell.
    Congratulations. YOU’RE STILL THE AD”

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  12. Sh3rl0ck

    I fail to see how this is not business as usual for McGarity. When the 2012 season ended, they handed out raises to be in the top 3 or 4 in the conference. He is doing the same thing now.

    What led to the money being paid now? The season ended. He has always said he will hand out raises after the season is over. He has done this every year and for each sport. Now that the season is over, McGarity is handing out raises that are top 3 or 4 in the conference. Pruitt’s 1.3M is less than Muschamp, Chavis, and Smart. Pruitt might end up 5th in the conference if LSU has a big hire. Richt will end up with a salary above Freeze and Jones but below Saban, Miles, and Summlin.

    To me, the big “thank you” from Richt to Morehead is an indication that Schottenheimer is going to make more than than the “top 3 or 4” and that McGarity had to ask for permission to spend that much.

    You can fault McGarity for being reactive. The other schools started a coaching salary war back in mid-October in anticipation of the Playoff and SEC Network money rolling in. His insistence to wait until the end of the season is probably why all of the rumors / conspiracy theories started flowing around (unless some of y’all can provide some insider info as I do not have any). You can certainly complain about his PR skills, which are terrible, but the guy is doing exactly what he has done in the past and what he said he would do now. I imagine he will continue to do the same until he thinks he is getting results that are not “top 3 or 4”.

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    • So what you’re saying is that even though McGarity claims he ignores the market when he determines the correct level of compensation for his coaches, he really doesn’t.

      The problem with defending McGarity in these circumstances is that what he’s said to the media of late is inherently contradictory. Either he’s rewarding performance or adapting to the market. He hasn’t left himself any middle ground here.

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      • Chadwick

        Yep. And our AD has put himself in a position where he’s being forced to rationalize what he’s doing in public. That’s not how an effective leader manages. I’m glad they’re doing something, but McGarity needs to get better, fast.

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      • Ant123

        Senator you are very correct. Especially when combined with all the known facts and other evidence some from Mcgarity’s own mouth.

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      • Sh3rl0ck

        Where is the quote from McGarity that he “ignores the market” in regards to compensation? I haven’t seen one. From the best that I can tell, “ignores the market” is not a quote but actually a meme that you created in this post:

        https://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/the-best-laid-plans-of-mice-and-greg-mcgarity/

        in response to this quote from McGarity:

        “Mark has a pool of money that he allocates however he allocates,” McGarity said. “There was a significant jump made after the ’12 season for Mike. The pool is reflective of team success. You basically see where the pool is and how it ranks and where you finish. It’s all based on results.”

        That last sentence is a direct statement that the size of the pool is directly related to the market pricing with respect to rankings. You give 4th place results, he will give Richt the 4th highest pool. Give him Alabama results, and he will give the coaches Alabama money.

        I’m not defending the strategy. I think it is flawed. I’m just defending McGarity against the meme that he is a penny-pinching brain dead moron who doesn’t care about winning and uses the reserve fund as wanking material.

        For your argument to be true, you need to provide a quote where McGarity says he ignores the market and that instead he uses some arbitrary self made pricing system. Otherwise, your argument is highly pedantic and a non-sequitur.

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        • “We’re not bound what other institutions are doing. We’re just bound by what’s good for our program,” McGarity said. “I would challenge to say what do they mean by cheap? Seriously, what are they referring to?”

          I don’t see how you can interpret an unequivocal statement like “It’s all based on results” as an endorsement of a market-based approach to compensation.

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          • Sh3rl0ck

            Oh, come on. You have crossed basic pedantry and moved on to willful cherry picking. That quote was in reference to being accused of cheap, specifically in reference to the IPF.

            You left off the two sentences directly preceding the “it’s all based on results” quote. When you add them back it becomes:

            “The pool is reflective of team success. You basically see where the pool is and how it ranks and where you finish. It’s all based on results.”

            I don’t see how you can interpret an unequivocal state like “You basically see where the pool is and how it ranks and where you finish” as an endorsement of an arbitrary non-market based pricing scheme.

            “It’s all based on results” is a qualifier for how he is defining market value. That is why Gardner is now at Auburn making 600K a year. McGarity saw that the market price (500K at the time) and his perceived market value (results) were out of equilibrium.

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            • LarryDawg

              Bobo was getting paid $250k until 2 years ago, when we all knew he worth $1 mill. Even when he got a raise up to $500k, still wasn’t even close to market value. You can’t underpay a guy that far detached from what other top OC’s are making, and keep the guy from leaving for greener pastures and creating deep bitterness for the AD. AD really is out of touch, a baby step was taken, but far more is needed to get this program to the next level. You’re well intended being a AD supporter, but naiive nonetheless.

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              • Sh3rl0ck

                Please don’t confuse my “defense” of McGarity with active support. As I said above, I find his strategy flawed. Like many others, I find him to be too reactive, and I see no sense of innovation from the Athletic Department. It is hard to be the best when you spend your time reacting to what others are doing instead of having a grander vision. I’m just defending him from the accusations of being a cheap moron obsessed with the reserve fund. He is not. He is a reactive AD with bad PR skills.

                I’m not naive. I have just been trying to alleviate the commentariat’s fears that all of the coaches are going to walk out by pointing out that McGarity was going to do what he what he said he would do and has thus done. Well, that and arguing semantics with the Senator.

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                • LarryDawg

                  What the AD has actually -done- so far, is spend an extra $1.5 mill over last year. I’d still call him “cheap” in comparison to the overall reinvestment percentage standard of Champs like Bama and Aub.
                  Indoor facility yet? No
                  locker room cinder blocks from 1983 era updated yet? No
                  recruiting room finished yet? No

                  A lot of promises, then again, the Indoor playing facility has been talked about for 4 years now. You are naive because you seem to credit a +$1.5 as a larger commitment than it is, and confuse talk/promises mistaken for -action-. It’s an improvement, but not a lot of changes besides staff raises of $1.5 mill have happened yet besides promises. You also choose to ignore the lack of verbal support (CMR & AD) are publicly giving each other.

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                • Sh3rl0ck

                  I understand that this message is going to come off as rude, but I don’t mean it that way. This is a statement of my beliefs and not an indictment of anyone. This next bit is not directed at you. It is a generalized comment.

                  More than half of the country (~62%) lives paycheck to paycheck, or, more appropriately for these times, EBT to EBT. I assume that the percentages are about the same for commenters on this blog. I do not trust the financial opinions of people who can’t afford an unexpected $500 expense to make financial decisions related to my Alma Mater. The Athletic Department is in a financial situation where I would be hesitant to undergo more debt or deplete the reserve fund (you can call me cheap… I call it frugal). There are a lot of things to balance when you are in a position of public trust. The average person can barely manage the finances of their household, therefore I do not respect their opinion on the finances of a 100M per year enterprise.

                  Ok, Larrydawg, I am addressing you again. Thankfully, there is Playoff and SEC Network money coming in so that they can cash-flow some needed improvements. You may have heard about Richt’s desire to renovate the locker room in Sanford and add a recruiting room before I did, but I only heard about them within the past month and that was from McGarity. I have been in the Lettermen’s club, and I can add that it could use an update as well (it was still cinder block walls the last time I was in there, but it has been a while… they could have done that recently though). The IPF has been a point of contention for a while now. They have not completed those projects because they thought other things were of higher priority. Their priorities are detailed in a Master Plan every several years. You can disagree with the priorities, but they are documented. They have to manage 19 sports. Not every dollar goes to football. I understand that there are plenty of people who only care about the football team. I am not one of them. I would tailgate for our tiddlywinks team if we had one.

                  My general point is that I am not naive. I just have a different perspective. After all of that, if I was President Morehead, I would be looking for a new AD, but I do not mean that in the manner in which so many commenters on this blog wanted to fire Bobo after the defense gave up 38 to USCe. It is reasoned and well thought-out… just for different reasons than most.

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                • Hackerdog

                  It’s foolish to apply general statistics to a niche market. If 62% of the general public has no savings, it would be foolish to assume that the same percentage would apply to people browsing a BMW dealership, no? Similarly, the readers of this blog are mostly season ticket holders who have enough disposable income to spend a few grand a year on football tickets and a few more on associated expenses of travel, hotels, meals, etc. Thus, it’s safe to assume that they are more successful, and more financially savvy, than the 62% you believe most of them belong to.

                  While I agree with your general point that most people can’t run a $100 million enterprise well, I fail to see how McGarity has distinguished himself in that regard. At best, McGarity came into a profitable athletic department and didn’t screw anything up too badly, so that it’s still profitable. That’s not a difficult task. I imagine most people could manage that.

                  At worst, he’s pissed off the most easygoing coach in college football, run off one of the best OCs in the country, got caught multiple times with his pants down on PR issues that should be easy to handle, and had to be brought around by Morehead and others behind the scenes to the right way of doing things.

                  If McGarity planned to wait until the off season to adjust coaching salaries, that all he had to say to the press. It would have been a one line response that would have satisfied everybody. Instead, he spun a web of defensive rhetoric about how the coaches didn’t deserve more money, only to reverse himself and hand out raises after the season. That looks pretty stupid to me.

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                • … I have just been trying to alleviate the commentariat’s fears that all of the coaches are going to walk out…

                  There was a strong rumor floating around before the Belk Bowl was played that several assistants thought they would be canned if Georgia lost. And I don’t mean rumor of the message board type, either.

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            • You asked me for a specific quote, I gave you one, and now I’m guilty of cherry picking. Whatever.

              You say McGarity is “defining” market value; I say he claimed to be disregarding market value. To-may-to, to-mah-to.

              Bottom line here is that there’s been a substantive change at B-M over the last three weeks. I don’t really care why at this point. I just want everyone rowing the boat in the same direction now.

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          • derek

            “Whats good for our program” could easily have a lot to do with the market. From my POV, its good for the UGA program to give Pruitt a raise in order to keep him from being stolen away by a major offer elsewhere.

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  13. DawgByte

    Blutarsky – It’s better to be a “little slow” than throw many around willy nilly. Keeping up with the Jone’s is not always financially prudent and if other institutions are investing unwisely doesn’t mean we need to as well.

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    • DawgByte

      Again no edit feature. With auto correct that was suppose to be “throw MONEY around willy nilly.

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    • McGarity changed his position in less than a month’s time. If that isn’t “willy nilly”, what is?

      He appears to be keeping up with the Joneses now. I take it that means you disapprove.

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      • Macallanlover

        BM seems to be certifiable bi-polar, although it is really letting your job manage you and not managing the job. He is clearly in a whirlwind now and being blown here and there. There is nothing wring with reacting, everyone in life has to but if that is your management philosophy you don’t belong anywhere near the decision-making level. I am pleased with the recent moves to get things back in track but have little confidence in his ability to foresee future issues before we are behind the eight ball again. Someone surely sees this and will put him out of our misery. It may make for an enlightening case study in the business school though.

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  14. UGA95

    I think Mcgarity’s words in the interview expressed that he was willing to pay for the performance that we were gtting. Which was already about right for the teams results. I think it was a smart negotiating tactic.

    That forced Richt to take the position of it you get me what I need, then you will get the results you want. Which essentially gives Mcgarity and all of us what we want. Accountability in regards to results for Richt. (Which he has not had)

    We showed him the money. Now he has to show us results, or we will find somebody that will. I think Mcgarity is a lot smarter than we give him credit for…

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  15. Ant123

    @ UGA95……Except that that is not even close to what happened. There is a reason Richt singled out President Morehead.

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  16. UGA95

    @Senator, I think thats why this is even a topic to begin with. It started with Pruitt going to the media about the IPF. Thats when all this “tension” started being discussed. Negotiating through the media is never the best idea. But sometimes you have no choice.

    If Richt went to Morehead to go over Mcgaritys head. It still serves the same purpose. Now, Richt, Mcgarity, and Morehead are all on the same page. We are willing to pay FOR RESULTS. Here is your money. Now its your turn. This puts Mcgarity exactly where he should be as AD. As the guy insisting that our program be the very best we can be….or else. That is his job to begin with.

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    • Actually, the tension – minus the scare quotes – between McGarity and the staff goes back farther than that, from what I understand.

      So why didn’t McGarity have a choice? He’s the boss – all that needs to be said is stop. Instead, he decided to embark on a media tour.

      I think the situation is much more complicated than you describe. And you still haven’t explained what’s smart about McGarity’s tactics.

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    • Ant123

      Richt didn’t go to Morehead. Donors did and Richt confirmed that their concerns were valid.

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  17. UGA95

    As an AD, you cant manage a person ie head coach that has no definition of whether he is performing his job well. Thats where we were with Richt. Its one of the big reasons that stoke the fire of the anti-CMR crowd.

    I dont think for a second that the negotiation, between Richt, Morehead, and Mcgarity came off without a quid pro quo. Here is what you say you need…now here are the results we expect. Now, as Mcgarity, you have something you can quantify when assessing job performance. It is a way for Mcgarity to gain some control of a situation that he essentially had no control over.

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    • Ant123

      Mcgarity was out of the loop. Morehead asked Richt what was required salary wise and then gave Richt permission to go get it done.

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    • Are you saying that the tension that’s arisen is due to no one, including McGarity himself, ever holding Mark Richt accountable for his job performance prior to last month?

      If that’s the case, McGarity should have been fired years ago.

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  18. LarryDawg

    Why has AD not complimented CMR yet? Why has CMR not complimented AD yet? I sense there’s still a lot of tension between these two men.

    What led to the 180?

    1- Losing Bobo, and seeing how the AD had paid Bobo $1 mill LESS than his marketvalue had to be very embarrassing for the AD.

    2- You also had that powerful ESPN Mark Schlabach article that came out about how cheap the AD was.

    3- When LSU lost Chavis, and it was a possibility Pruitt could be poached also due to underpaying him by $500,000 or so.

    4- I do not believe the AD would have survived seeing his OC & DC poached due to not paying marketvalue.

    CMR won this battle, as the Pres ultimately backed CMR over the AD. AD had to contradict his own words, and dish out big increases without a big bowl appearance.

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    • Chadwick

      The AD had to contradict his own words…..yep. That alone makes me wonder if McGarity is a textbook case of the Peter Principle.

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    • derek

      1 million less than market value for Bobo is quite the exaggeration imo.

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      • RandallPinkFloyd

        Probably not. I’m guessing today we’ll find out that Schotty will be earning $1.3-$1.5. If you’re willing to pay an outsider that much, why not pay the guy that you have in place that much? The same guy who learned under Richt and led to record setting offenses 3 years in a row. Bobo was practically being paid in peanuts before he got his raise to $500k. It’s a wonder he didn’t leave just to spite McGarity.

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    • Cojones

      LarryD – You missed a few instances going back. McGarity made it known he was here to hire and fire as a first move to return us to sports grandeur. He not-so-subtlely left the conf rm door ajar so that whispered word would only say he is carrying out the wishes of the Bd of Regents and leave him blameless for Bobo’s and Richt’s future demise. That was the gutless move of a Vichy-like personalitry; a toady and not a leader.

      That move embarrassed me and other alums by McG publicly not standing behind a staffer who reported to him when circumstances warranted him standing behind Richt. Later, it was proven to be a knee-jerk reaction to knee-jerk anti-Richt sentiment.

      The reporting procedure has now been undercut with Jere supporting Mark and messaging to McG that the AD doesn’t have the favor of the fans now as has Richt. The situation has been reversed (As a result of e-mails and face-to-face objections by alums) and now McG has to watch his step. It’s sad to see that happen in that manner because it makes for an even weaker AD Office and none of us want to see that happen anymore than the “good ole boys” having their way to fire a great coach. “What a web we weave, When at first we begin to deceive….”.

      Senator, this matter has not yet been resolved, no matter how much you or I would like to see it end.

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  19. “you’re a little slow, but you come around.”

    Definitely. About time! I hope this also means we are going to load up on some of those “consultants” (aka pseudo bonus coaches) who really help the coaches make the most of their work time.

    The only hire I have disliked so far is the S&C coach. The fact that we grabbed another guy with no formal education in the area, no certifications, no national awards, and just some experience backing up someone else, worries me. The fact that we could have had Shannon Turley from Stanford drives me nuts.

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  20. AusDawg85

    IDK…CMR seems like a good soldier but had to be concerned that his boss supported a rational market while watching the market get highly irrational. When Bobo left, Richt had to be able to make hires and needed to know that this would force a change from top to bottom in the staff’s compensation. “Boss…sorry, but we’ve got to blow the budget you just outlined.” This still smells more like the natural tension between an AD and HC than anything more sinister.

    That said, I highly question McG’s judgement. The conference is awash in money and the other schools are going to spend like drunken sailors. You damn well better have a plan on how to deal with it than to simply try to be a little less drunk. And honestly, that SHOULD include deciding on firm metrics to measure Richt and whether or not to keep him, or buy someone who is more likely to deliver (Patterson, Kelly, etc). This is the best “anti-Richt” argument out there, but over the heads of the 15%ers (they prefer to focus on ridiculous minutiae). While most of us continue to believe CMR has the most potential, if there really was an obvious choice in the market to bring in a better coach, McG had DAMN WELL be able to do it.

    We’ll probably have our answer over the next 2-3 seasons. I’m betting Richt succeeds. But the pressure to make the CFB playoffs for the money will put a lot of coaches on the hot seat and have their agents shopping rich schools like crazy. Need proof? See NFL; coaching turnover.

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    • This still smells more like the natural tension between an AD and HC than anything more sinister.

      Explain to me what’s “natural” about a defensive coordinator calling out the athletic department for its insufficient support of facilities? Or an AD who feels the need to defend himself in numerous media outlets in part by blaming his head coach for spending shortfalls as perceived by the fan base?

      Like it or not, some of you need to realize that Georgia football has been in a very strange place these past few months. Instead of brushing it off as healthy and normal, you’d best be asking if the people involved can now put that behind them and work for the betterment of the program.

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      • AusDawg85

        My comment was specific to the coaching salary budget changes as per your opening comment. With no further insight, seems many of us can chalk these other various comments up to isolated issues. What’s frustrating is the hints there is more going on…and chastising us for not believing it wholesale…yet no one willing to quote a source. I get the need to protect sources of info, but If there have been slamming doors, shouting arguments, hurt fee-fees, then let’s hear it. Frankly, I doubt this many people can keep a secret this long. Much smoke…little fire. You feel differently because you’ve heard more. Maybe that journalist from BI will break the story. 😉

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        • LarryDawg

          Has you head been in the sand? Have you even read the Dec 31 ESPN article:
          http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/12104342/mark-richt-plans-back-coach-georgia-bulldogs

          Here’s one of those quotes you want:
          “Richt’s supporters want UGA to invest in its football program like other SEC schools are doing, according to multiple people close to the situation.”

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        • LarryDawg

          Need another “source”? Try Haney Jan 7:
          http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/travis-haney/post/_/id/4016/tensions-with-ads-could-keep-coaches-on-the-hot-seat-in-2015

          “Contention is always going to exist on some level between coaches who want more resources and administrators fighting to maintain budgets. But things recently came to a boil more than we’re used to seeing. Three additional Power 5 programs — Georgia, Oklahoma State and Utah — were on the brink of changes similar to Nebraska and Wisconsin. Each, it appears, has found a way to mend fences for the time being. So what happened — and what happens next — for Mark Richt, Mike Gundy and Kyle Whittingham at their respective schools?”

          Now, do I believe CMR SHOULD be on a hotseat? No. But the AD’s lack of verbal support for CMR says otherwise to ESPN journalists with their sources close to the situation.

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          • AusDawg85

            I can’t tell if you’re trolling me or not. First article is a rehash of what this thread is about, no more. The Insider piece must be interesting but behind the paywall. You’ve only quoted from the teaser. Anyone care to share more real facts vs innuendo?

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            • gastr1

              C’mon, man. You think this stuff is BS by the time the national reporters get ahold of it? Look how the hiring of the OC went down–local media couldn’t get an idea of what was going on, much less national media even getting a whiff of it. They can keep things pretty quiet when they want to. And they can let rumors get out when they want to as well.

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  21. Mike Cooley

    Senator I think most people recognize that the program has been in a strange place the last few months. I think most people probably realize that it at least partially is what cost us Bobo. But, by your own admission there has been a 180 in philosophy since the end of the bowl game. Regardless of what made that happened, it has happened. So I guess it’s hard to feel much of a need in continuing to grind on it. For now anyway. I would imagine that outside of the ones who just love having something to bitch about, we are all hoping that everybody involved can move forward for the betterment of the program. I personally think that until something else happens, we shouldn’t keep dwelling on what was wrong ie the coaches not being compensated as the market dictates as that has been fixed. Holding a McGarity watch just seems like a bad way to spend our time. If or when McG creates a problem it is certainly something worth examining. But however it happened, the beefs we had have been addressed. Short of having McGarity drawn and quartered in front of the arch, what is left to be done or talked about for now?

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  22. Mike Cooley

    I did. And I was mentally applauding as I read it. We are on the same side. I’m just saying that for now, it has been beaten to the point that it doesn’t even resemble a horse anymore. I’m going forward with cautious optimism that the president has forced McGarity to see the light.

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  23. LarryDawg

    Thought it wouldn’t happen, but got to give pops to AD for ponying up on Coach Schott and Coach Pruitt, and extending CMR’s contract.

    Phase One completed.

    AD needs to focus on 3 other changes in Phase 2:
    a) change his overly harsh suspension policies
    b) stop scheduling too many non-conference top teams, think about wins and player health over revenue
    c) get the indoor facility/ locker room and recruiting room first class

    That’s where we’re at folks, like it or not. If the AD thinks CMR is his guy, he needs to make the 3 changes above to get rid of the excuses. If the AD feels CMR isn’t his guy, he needs to make the above 3 changes to be in a position to attract a top replacement. Either way, the AD has to make those changes to compete.

    The AD must CHANGE and become more conference context oriented in staff compensation, program spending reinvestment percentage, scheduling, and discipline policy.

    I do applaud the AD for showing the ability to adapt, but much more work is needed to get rid of excuses for CMR, and barriers if a new HC is needed.

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  24. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m gonna play devils advocate here, so I hope y’all will cut me some slack. But maybe the powers-that-be at BM are getting tired of the same old results coming out of our football program. Underperforming, undersigning, kicking a dozen or so players off the team each year, promises to fix special teams that aren’t realized for years, etc., etc. Maybe this was a ham-handed way of sending a message by McGarity/BM. And not just to the football coach, but to all our sports/coaches. Maybe the bar needs to be set higher and these coaches need to start producing at the level they said they would when they were hired. This is a tremendous college with so many built-in advantages. We’re not in the mix, when other sec schools are winning championships, is unacceptable. I’m not so sure a level of discomfort is a bad thing for some of our coaches.

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    • LarryDawg

      I’d say the coaching staff improved in all 3 phases.

      http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/fpi/_/id/61/georgia-bulldogs

      Offensively, went from 7th to 5th nationally.
      Defensively, from 53rd to 27th.
      Special teams, from 20th to 14th.

      Very deserving of raises for the staff. Whatever problems there were in 2014, coaching wasn’t one of them.

      On CMR as a coach over his career at Georgia:
      .739 win percentage ranks #4 coaches who have coached at least 100 games in FBS conferences, behind ONLY 3 guys:
      Urban Meyer (.843)
      Bob Stoops (.792)
      Nick Saban (.752).

      5 coaches ever, in HISTORY, won 115 games or more in their first 13 seasons.

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      • derek

        If overall stats won games, UGA might be playing for a national title tonight. Our stats are much better than our record. Coaching issues played a role in all 3 of our losses.

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    • gastr1

      Well, if it was, it was not only ham-handed but probably ineffectual as well

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  25. doofusdawg

    the ironic thing is that adgm has publicly hitched his wagon to cmr… when in all likelihood his intent was to give cmr just enough rope.

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  26. Cojones

    By the way, in our reasoning process here, did some of us look past the fact that this action could have been done long before Bobo left if Jere had pitched in early? And that Richt made sure that everyone knew that Bobo had installed 90% of the game plan during practice before he left?

    I reason that he said that so as to put the AD in further deep shit after we won due to the coaching abilities of a coach that the AD had to wait until after the Belk Bowl to evaluate and to give credit. Richt didn’t need “no stinkin’ after-game badge” to evaluate a great coach now. It renders McG’s argument moot and makes him look like an ass for not evaluating a coach highly for winning all the games we won. Richt had his ability to evaluate a coach out in front by citing Bobo; whereas, McG looks like he is unable to evaluate the nose on his face much less evaluate a great coach and allowed him to be recruited away.

    There is more shit twistin’ in the wind and it ain’t Richt’s butt anymore. That passive-aggressive shit is pretty powerful ain’t it? I’m citing Richt’s p-a comment about a coach that is gone, not McG’s PR p-a statements. I also think that other, more acerbic, remarks will be forthcoming from Richt before it’s all over. He’s pissed and certainly thinks it was a big loss to lose Bobo in that manner.

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