Daily Archives: May 9, 2018

Greg in charge

I always wince when Georgia’s athletic director feels the need to open up to the media.  Today, he wants everyone to know that Greg McGarity is… the Decision Maker!

In an exclusive interview with 11Alive on Tuesday, McGarity said he felt like it was time to reward Smart.

“I think it sends a clear message and appreciation for what Kirby’s done in such a short amount of time,” McGarity said.

It wasn’t something Georgia necessarily needed to do immediately, but it does help insure longevity in the program. Smart’s buyout inevitably decreased year-by-year, and and his old contract ranked No. 23 in terms of salary, according to an analysis conducted by USA TODAY Sports. A new deal makes it increasingly difficult for a program to attempt to steal him away from his alma mater.

“It takes awhile to get those things done. It wasn’t an urgent need to get it done, but we did want to get it done as quickly as we could. It’s just a very busy time with recruiting season and just a lot of things going on where you can certainly focus on things at a certain time,” McGarity said.

Sure, handing out the biggest pay increase and contract extension in program history didn’t need to be done immediately.  It just needed to be done when Jimmy Sexton asked for it.

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Clean, old-fashioned dominance

This, my friends, never ever gets old.

That reminds me of a basketball game I attended at the old Omni between the two back in the late ‘8os/early ’90s.  Georgia was in the midst of a similar run and one of Durham’s teams went in there and upset one of Cremins’.  As we’re getting up to leave, a Dawg fan a few rows up — a classic looking gentleman garbed in beard and overalls — bellowed out in delight, “what do y’all want to play us in next, tiddlywinks”?  Not a single Tech fan met his eye.

And some of you want to do away with this.  Shame on you.

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Nobody’s holding a gun to their heads and making them go to college, right?

For those of you who believe playing the “no one is forcing these kids to go to college” card is an effective rebuttal to the whole student-athlete compensation argument, here’s some food for thought.  If you’re in the mood to think about it, I mean.

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Today, in WTF are you thinking?

Who in the hell thought it was a good idea to put out college football cleats festooned with money emojis?  I kid you not.

Words fail me.

(h/t 81Dog)

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That money’s got to go somewhere.

Here are gross revenue and profit figures for all 14 SEC football programs for the fiscal year 07/01/16 to 06/30/17.  (Keep in mind that “profit” is an amorphous term, considering the way athletic departments cook the books with certain expense items like tuition.)

  • Vanderbilt:  $29.0 million ($5.7 million profit)
  • Missouri:  $29.2 million ($8.1 million profit)
  • Mississippi State:  $35.7 million ($12.6 million profit)
  • Kentucky:  $36.4 million ($10.8 million profit)
  • South Carolina:  $60.3 million ($25.5 million profit)
  • Ole Miss:  $62.7 million ($32.3 million profit)
  • Texas A&M:  $70.4 million ($37.3 million profit)
  • Arkansas:  $71.2 million ($33.9 million profit)
  • Florida:  $82.8 million ($49.1 million profit)
  • LSU:  $86.2 million ($56.1 million profit)
  • Auburn:  $91.7 million ($48.9 million profit)
  • Georgia:  $93.3 million ($56.9 million profit)
  • Alabama:  $108.1 million ($45.9 million profit)
  • Tennessee:  $110.7 million ($78.1 million profit)

Quite the bang for the buck there, Volnation.

It’s a little surprising to see Florida’s relatively middle of the pack numbers there, income-wise.  It’s not so surprising, though, to compare the Gators’ profit number with that of Alabama’s when you compare staff expenses.

Alabama, you probably won’t be surprised to learn, has steadily raised its staff compensation over the past decade.  You may be surprised to see the rate at which it’s done so.

Coach 2009* 2020 %change Change
Off. coord. $416,515 $1,200,000 288.1% $783,485
Def. coord. $416,515 $1,100,000 264.1% $683,485
D-line $289,246 $750,000 259.3% $460,754
LBs $376,020 $650,000 172.9% $273,980
Secondary $271,891 $350,000 128.7% $78,109
TE/QB $335,526 $875,000 260.8% $539,474
Sp. teams  — $550,000 $550,000
WRs $260,322 $525,000 201.7% $264,678
RBs $289,246 $425,000 146.9% $135,754
O-line $460,948 $490,000 106.3% $29,052
Total $3,116,229 $6,915,000 221.9% $3,798,771

In case you’re wondering, the asterisk indicates that the 2009 salaries have been adjusted for inflation, which means that’s a real world increase rate of 221.9% in a decade.  (Yes, some of that can be attributed to the addition of a tenth coach this season, but, still.)  The result is that Alabama is paying this staff almost $7 million to coach this season.

By comparison, Florida, even with paying Todd Grantham a record amount for a Gator assistant coach, is paying its staff less than $5 million in 2018.  (Is there another SEC assistant coach making less than $100,000 this season, as Christian Robinson is?)

Give ‘Bama credit for pouring its profits back into the program if you like, but nobody’s missing any meals at either school.  The ultimate point here is that SEC schools are able to lavish huge salaries on coaches because they have lots of income rolling in and only so many places to spend it.  If you think things are at the point where coaches make more money than is justified, that’s the way the market is structured today.  It certainly makes Jimmy Sexton’s life easier.

As a side note, it sure will be interesting to revisit these numbers in a couple of years, when Georgia’s revenues and profits for the 2018 fiscal year are tallied, don’t you think?

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That’s why they pay him the big bucks?

You may not have heard, but the Pac-12 this week trumpeted its latest day at the pay gate.

It’s not something the conference has done in the past and was clearly designed to trumpet the record total ($509 million).

In fact, the second paragraph — all 95 words — highlights the increases in revenue and campus distributions over the past four financial reporting cycles.

My interest, as noted in this insta-reaction column, is less in the total revenue than the campus payouts. The mission of the conference, after all, is to serve the schools. They are the conference.

Since the Pac-12 issued a look-at-our numbers release, which is certainly within its right, that’s exactly what I did:

The crack Hotline research staff compared the Pac-12’s percentage increase in campus distributions to those of the other Power Five conferences.

Sure, the numbers matter on an absolute level, but they also matter on a relative scale:

If the Pac-12’s annual growth rate in campus distributions is 10 percent and the Big Ten and SEC are only increasing their payouts by two percent, that’s an advantage for the Pac-12, right?

Welp, as Wilner says in his very next paragraph, context matters.  And context doesn’t look so hot.

The Pac-12 said it has increased the cash sent to its schools by 63 percent over a five-year window.

(In raw dollars, the bookends are the $228 million distributed in FY13 and the $371 million distributed in FY17.)

How does that 63 percent increase compare?

Over the same span, the Big 12 has increased its campus payouts by 69 percent.

The Big Ten has increased its payouts by 79 percent.

The SEC has increased its payouts by, um, 99 percent.

What should we make of that?

Don’t dismiss the nuance: Each conference has its own culture and challenges, its own financial structure and reporting processes.

But it sure appears that the Pac-12 has not performed as well as its peers when it comes to the rate of increase of the dollars sent to the schools.

Go back to what he wrote in that first quote block:  “The mission of the conference, after all, is to serve the schools. They are the conference.”  Then consider that Larry Scott made more money than any of his conference commissioner peers in fiscal year 2016.

When it comes to money, the people running our universities aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed.  And some of you wonder where the money to pay student-athletes might come from.

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“There is no telling how much this stuff is worth.”

The case is cracked wide open.

Items belonging to Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith were recovered in Summerville late Tuesday night.

Smith reported to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department that several prized jerseys and other items were stolen from his 2018 BWM on Saturday. Jerseys from his national championship, Rose Bowl and Taxslayer bowl games as a linebacker with the University of Georgia were taken.

Those three jerseys and some of Smith’s other possessions were recovered Tuesday night in Chattooga County, according to Summerville Police Detective Ty Hutchins…

Athens police found a fingerprint on Smith’s car and traced it to a Summerville teenager who is attending UGA.

Allegedly the teenager confessed that he took some of the items and brought them to his father’s house in Summerville.

Det. Hutchins, Chief Detective Brian Ozment and Summerville Policeman Gary Pruitt went to the teenager’s home and spoke with the father Tuesday night.

“He was shocked,” Det. Hutchins said when the father was informed of the theft. Cops were ushered into the house and immediately found the items sitting in the closet.

If life imitates art, I presume the miscreant will be dismissed from Georgia and wind up enrolling at Auburn.

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