About those support staff numbers…

Seth Emerson did some more digging into The Advocate’s story about how Georgia leads the conference in spending on support staff and finds that all may not be as it seems.

The figures The Advocate cites come from 2015-16 NCAA financial reports that give a box with a single support staff figure that isn’t broken down further. That’s where The Advocate got the $4.4 million. 

According to a source who spoke with Emerson, it seems the NCAA double-dipped on their figures because of the coaching change that happened in Athens in the middle of the 2015-16 academic year.

“That year, Mark Richt was fired, and the resulting turnover saw much of his support staff leave. That included the strength and conditioning coordinator and his four staffers, and quality control coaches that Jeremy Pruitt had helped bring in,” Emerson said. “So Kirby Smart then came aboard and hired his own strength and conditioning staff, along with other quality control staffers. And the NCAA figures, it appear, counts both Richt and Smart’s support staffs.”

According to Emerson, when you count the six-month salaries of each coach’s staff, Georgia would likely clock in at around half of the $4.4 million figure originally cited, although it’s difficult to tell for sure. That would put UGA roughly in line with Florida and Ole Miss, with the increase in support staff that’s occurred during the 2016-17 academic year possibly putting it in the top 5 of the SEC.

I suppose you can look at this in two ways.  Assuming that Georgia had to pay off the existing contracts on all the support staffers and coaches who were let go in the transition, the total expenditure reported to the NCAA is technically accurate.  But as a reflection of the current commitment to paying support staff, it’s overstated.

The good news is that anyone worried about what the original story might have meant for the reserve fund can rest easier now.

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UPDATE:  Marc Weiszer has more details.

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5 responses to “About those support staff numbers…

  1. Russ

    Good work by Seth.

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  2. Vidaliaway

    I thought Ole Miss would be #1 b/c of all the attorneys they have on staff.

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