This is what Greg In Charge looks like.

If you’re wondering who wears the pants in Butts-Mehre these days, look no further than the buyout provisions in Kirby’s new contract.

The buyout for Smart if he were to resign or terminate the agreement is as follows depending on the calendar year:

2018: $6 million

2019: $6 million

2020: $4 million

2021: $3 million

2022: $2 million

2023: $1 million

2024: no buyout.

If Georgia were to fire Smart without cause, he would be paid 65 percent of any remaining compensation owed to him.  [Emphasis added.]

That would be at the start of:

2019: $27.56 million

2020: $23.20 million

2021: $18.79 million

2022: $14.24 million

2023: $9.55 million

2024: $4.81 million

Jimmy Sexton has been given a license to manipulate Butts-Mehre financially for the lifetime of Kirby’s gig in Athens.  That’ll show him who’s boss.

I hope Jimmy’s at least gracious enough to send McGarity a Christmas card every year.

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43 responses to “This is what Greg In Charge looks like.

  1. Reipar

    I know we are suppose to complain about everything, but I am not following. How is this not a good deal?

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    • Because the buyout is so low compared to how much it would cost to fire him. I’m no contract lawyer, but damn, we should make somebody pay much more if they want to come scalp our biggest asset.

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      • atlasshrugged55

        Agreed. That’s as one-sided a deal as it could be, & McG, Moorhead & the liquor barons approved it. I guess it’s easy to be financially reckless w/ other people’s money.

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      • Greg

        “canecur”…..if treated fairly, hard to imagine him ever wanting to leave…but you never know. Atlass sums it up pretty well also.

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    • OurADisAGlorifiedBoatAnchor

      Because when Saban retires the buyout is a rounding error. Which means we will pay Kirby much, much more when it happens. This contract is a shadow of what that will be because the buyout is so low.

      It’s not even a speed bump for Bama.

      He won’t leave us. But the contract will be something to behold.

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  2. JasonC

    I wonder what Harbaugh has to say about AD’s being able to manage money since he’s giving financial advice these days.

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  3. Greg

    Sweet deal…..wonder if Mike Price would still be at Bama if he used this guy.

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  4. Jim

    I’m as hard on McGarity as anyone, but with Kirby looking like a home run hire and baseball suddenly looking good, god forbid the new basketball coach work out. Might lead one to believe McGarity is actually competent at some parts of his job.

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  5. Otto

    The Bama AD is snickering at those buyout #s.

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    • Reipar

      Take a look at Saban’s contract and tell me if he is still snickering. Saban could walk away tomorrow to any job in America for nothing.

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      • Saban has no buyout because he knows Bama will pay whatever he asks if he sniffs at another job and Saban knows they have committed to retirement on his terms. Therefore, no buyout necessary.

        The only place to go is the NFL, and he isn’t going to do that unless Bob Kraft makes part of the team part of the package after B.B. retires.

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  6. Uglydawg

    CMR has lost control of CKS’s contract terms.
    Wonder how “cause” is defined. Can he be fired “cause he ain’t winning”?
    Let’s hope we never need to fire him.
    Aside from the terms of loss of endearment (whatever they are) the amounts coaches are being paid is beyond insanity.

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  7. Uglydawg

    No wonder Kirby is busting his ass to build the program!
    Did anyone else read the last two paragraphs? A chartered jet for personal use for CKS, his fam and friends for up to 25 flight hours a year.
    That’s some sweet deal. And I’m pretty sure Sexton qualifies as a friend of Kirbys.
    I’m not jealous ore complaining…just kind of stunned. Esp.when I think of CMR paying assistants’ bonuses out of his own pocket and flying coach to Seattle to sign a kid for Georgia.
    Go figure. Hope it all works out and looks like a bargain 5 years from now.

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    • How cool would it be to fly to Tuscaloosa on UGA’s dime to introduce Smart as Nick’s successor?

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      • ASEF

        A caravan from Athens would be the smarter choice. By the other side of Atlanta, he’d have 1,000 Bammers in tow, and by the time he got to Bessemer, the sides of I-20 would be lined 10 deep.

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      • Greg

        He could easily build UGA to what Bama has now imo, on his way already. He would be crazy to leave Georgia for Bama…..who in their right mind would want to follow Saban given the situation Smart has now (if in his shoes).

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        • ASEF

          Counterpoints:

          If it were easy, someone would have already done it.
          Georgia proudly distinguishes itself as not being as obsessed with football as their neighbors to the west. That could become a liability at some point.

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          • Greg

            Understood….but the obsessed part is quickly changing, winning does that. The support is there, more than I have ever seen it. Georgia has a gold mine for HS talent and Smart has taken advantage of it….seems to be getting better each year. More upside at UGA than Bama imo….& stability.

            If Bama goes after anybody, thinks they have a better chance to go after & sign Dabo than Smart.

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            • DoubleDawg1318

              I really don’t think Dabo is leaving. ESPN just had an article examining that issue and painted a favorable picture for Dabo staying at Clemson. They said he and his family have built very strong ties to Clemson and Clemson has done the same to Dabo. Aside from a personal connection, I don’t see any reason to leave. Clemson is a program on par with Bama in terms of what it’s program potential. This isn’t Dan Mullen debating between MSU and UF.

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              • Greg

                Agree, I wouldn’t leave either. Just sayin’ that Bama has a better chance with him than Smart imo. Of the two (Smart & Dabo), Smart has the better situation IYAM.

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                • Mayor

                  Kirby’s already there IMO insofar as building the program. If not for a couple of smelly calls by the refs UGA would have beaten Bama in the College Football NCG last year. The future is pretty damn bright. Look at what has been going on with recruiting. Georgia is already on par with Bama in personnel. After building that why would Kirby leave? Not to mention Georgia is his alma mater. Plus, the Georgia administration has shown that it will pay anything Kirby wants.

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                • Greg

                  Agree….always wondered how much of an intimidation factor (Saban) was a part of the bad calls and no calls in that game. Hard to believe the refs just had a bad game, not that bad. Some of that stuff was right in front of them.

                  Kirby and UGA are in a great position, no way in hell would I leave to go there….or anywhere for that matter.

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                • Mayor

                  The game was fixed. Gamblers owned at least some of the refs. The result (Bama winning by 3) was the exact result the mob wanted. Not a coincidence.

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          • jt (the other one)

            No. Kirby walked into the perfect storm. It isn’t happenstance he pounced when he did with Jimmy Sexton as his point man. The field was ripe for harvest and harvest he has.

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          • nightnthebox

            I grew up in Georgia and, at least in my family and as it relates to SEC teams play, “obsessed with football”, may rival ‘the ocean is damp’ as understatement of the year.

            While it is tempting to consider the number of RVs (the pinnacle of tailgate spending) in a gameday parking lot as an obsession metric, every RV is is not correlative to healthy fanaticism… you’ve got look insiiiiide the numbers: why, like in the case of many Bammers & Barners, should you get extra credit for driving your primary residence to the game?

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Not cool.

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      • Kirby may go by himself because it sounds like Mary Beth is just fine in Athens.

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  8. Dave

    Obviously, I’d like to see a stronger buyout a few years down the line, but I wonder if that’s the price of paying Kirby less than Meyer and Harbaugh, and significantly less than Dabo and Saban. Of course, I do understand 3 of those four have a stronger resume (for now).

    The amount due for firing without cause is a non-issue for me, because there’s no real way we would even want to fire him in the next few years anyway, not with what we’ve seen and the way he’s recruiting. Payouts like this scare me more when someone takes a school that had gone 5-7 for a few years, and then turn around and go 9-3, for example.

    Lastly, and call me naive, but having a guy coaching at his Alma Mater at what is considered one of the most desirable positions in the country leads me to believe that, even if another school does come knocking, we’ll be given every chance to match, and likely would.

    In summation, it leaves Georgia in a weakened position, but the risk/reward is that Kirby is potential a ‘bargain’ for the next few years, sad as that sounds. Of course, if he really goes off, then I’m sure we’ll have to restructure the deal anyway.

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  9. Russ

    With the way Kirby has our boys playing, we’d better be paying.

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  10. Bulldog Joe

    Thought we had to wait 90 days for this… 😉

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  11. ChiliDawg

    I’m ok with the buyout, the structure doesn’t make sense though. Skip the remaining unpaid salary and put it into the buyout figure. At least then Bama has to make their donors whinge to steal him.

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    • 81Dog

      if Kirby wins at the level his greatest supporters want him to reach, that new contract will be in the nearest shredder faster than you can say “Jimmy Sexton.” and UGA’s moneyed overlords will be throwing bigger money at him faster than a bunch of drunk bachelors throw $1s at a Cheetah table dancer at 1am.

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