And it takes a once frugal Athletic Director to okay a spending spree on an enlarged support staff.
Georgia’s spending on its football support staff has jumped more than 33 percent in the past year as new coach Kirby Smart has added to what already was an increased off-the-field presence in the program.
That’s something Smart grew accustomed to when he was on staff at Alabama.
“Oh, man, we get a tremendous amount of help,” Alabama senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said. “If you’re overweight and need to lose weight, we have people for that. If you’re going through family issues, there’s someone for that. Academic, there’s someone for that. There’s no excuse for why you shouldn’t be on top of your game at Alabama. They give you everything you need to be successful and that’s why I feel like we’ve had so much success.”
Smart was with the Crimson Tide for nine seasons under coach Nick Saban, the last eight as defensive coordinator. Smart said in January that Alabama had the “largest staff of any capacity I’ve ever seen,” but said he didn’t think “you need every one of those roles.”
Georgia is spending $2,893,550 on support staff positions, up from $2,171,393 a year ago, according to data received in an open records request by OnlineAthens.com. The numbers are also impacted by a three percent merit increase for athletics staff for the fiscal year that just started.
Is that a lot? Well, yeah.
Alabama reported spending $2.7 million on football support staff in 2013-14 in its NCAA financial report, according to CBSSports.com.
Mark Richt can only shake his head in admiration. This is a perfect example of why I’ve left that Quote of the Day up for three months.
It’s what “all in” looks like, observers of the Georgia Way. Best get used to it.