Why? ‘Cause he pays on performance, by Gawd.
So as it stands now, the total salary for the nine assistant coaches has increased from $3.22 million in 2014 to $4.445 million.
Last year Georgia’s assistant coaches ranked 13th nationally in salary pool, according to the USA Today database. The new salaries would push Georgia to fourth nationally, although that’s not yet accounting for changes at other schools.
I didn’t expect Schottenheimer to make as much as some people were projecting, because schools generally don’t pay as much for their offensive coordinators as they do their defensive ones, but he’s not exactly being treated shabbily at $950K/year.
Only three offensive coordinators in 2014 were paid more nationally. LSU’s Cam Cameron made $1.32 million, Clemson’s Chad Morris (now SMU head coach) $1.3 million and Arizona State’s Mike Norvell $902,000, according to USA Today. Schottenheimer, who will work under a three-year contract, came to Georgia after three years as offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.
Emerson notes that Pruitt’s new salary would place him tied for third nationally on last year’s list. So there’s that.
McClendon and Rocker both got their expected salary increases, but the real surprise is that Georgia is paying its new offensive line coach Rob Sale $400,000 a year. That’s a helluva jump for a guy coming from McNeese State (and $100K more than Friend was paid). Mark Richt must have really, really wanted Rob Sale on his staff.
Well, either that or McNeese State kicked some righteous ass last season.
Now go earn your money, guys.