Today, in you’ve got to spend money…

Here’s another data point for those of you in denial about how McGarity’s support for the football program differs now from when Richt was the head coach ($$).

Georgia’s salary pool for its 10 on-field assistant coaches now rises to $6.45 million, based on current information. But it almost certainly will be above that: Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning was pursued by Florida State this offseason and it’s expected he received the promise of a raise over his $750,000 salary. Other raises could be afoot as well…

Still, there’s a starkly different mentality at Georgia than just a few years ago. Back when Mike Bobo was calling plays from 2012-14, statistically the most prolific period of Georgia offense in school history, his average salary was below $500,000. (To be fair, he got a raise up to $575,000 for those final two years.)

In fact, Georgia’s salary pool in 2014 was $3.22 million, ranking 13th nationally. That was the point when the school started to catch up: Mark Richt’s final staff had a salary pool of $4.45 million.

Or, to put it another way, Georgia’s novice special teams coach is making more than Richt’s seven-year veteran offensive coordinator did then.  Spin that as you like, numbers are numbers.  (Given what Richt was allowed to pay for Schottenheimer when Bobo left, it seems that even McGarity realized that.)

Face it, Richt’s loyalty to the school and his assistants’ loyalty to Richt allowed the athletic department to underpay for years until the market gap grew too large, even for B-M.  The end result was that we were saddled with an under-performing football program in his final years because the bottom line was more important.  And, no, old dogs haven’t learned new tricks.  They’ve just learned (or been desperate enough) to stay out of Kirby Smart’s way.

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20 responses to “Today, in you’ve got to spend money…

  1. Don’t know if the percentage of spending compared to revenue has changed. With all of the money coming in, I still don’t see why the athletic fee hasn’t been reduced or eliminated.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Kirby has the power to force The J. Reid’s Parker Director of Athletics to increase the assistants` salary pool.
      The students have zero influence.

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  2. FlyingPeakDawg

    Those who continue to blame Richt for not being more assertive are choosing to ignore that his only leverage was to quit. That’s not who he is and in fact doubled-down on his loyalty by announcing he wanted to stay at UGA forever. This was his real mistake when he should have used the leverage of leaving much earlier. Watch to see jf Kirby makes the same mistake. I doubt it given his agent.

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    • JCDawg83

      Richt knew he had a great con going with the Georgia fans and he wasn’t going to rock the boat and risk his big salary by fighting for more money for assistants or facilities. He had set the hook deep on the fan base with the “good man” and “Georgia Way” scam that lowered expectations of the program and provided great excuses as to why the team wasn’t able to take the next step. McGarity was fine with Richt’s con because he could spend less and the fans were still forking over the money and were satisfied with being second tier in the conference.

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  3. 79Dawg

    Da Nile is a river in Egypt bro…

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  4. J-Dawg

    This is the reason USC got Bobo instead of us. Bobo remembers how stingy McGoofus was in refusing to pay him what he was worth. That’s why he left.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      this is incandescently stupid. Thanks for posting it

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      • California dawg

        Incandescently stupid takes are his specialty. See his one just above this as further evidence.

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      • Argondawg

        Actually there is zero love between McGarity and Bobo. Mrs Bobo May even have harder feeling towards him. I was talking with someone who would absolutely know about this when Bobo was a recent free agent. I am not saying he wouldn’t consider the job here if offered I am just saying it’s pretty common knowledge at BM how the Bobos felt when they left.

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  5. Is b-m staying out of Kirby’s way or riding his coattails to the top, we know that those at the top enjoy hearing their names/brand mentioned regularly/nationally/worldly..CKS may be in the beginning stages of making “the G” a national brand/house hold name, so to speak and would imagine his star to shine for the next 5 years, w/wo a national title (will probably outlast the current ad, which means he would bring on his own or be his own AD)

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    IDK, CMR had a habit of hiring buddies like Fabris, Eason, Van Halanger, Martinez, etc. On the other side of the coin, he made a lot of inexperienced hires – CMB was a first time QB coach that took more than a decade to develop into a capable OC. I also think CMR didn’t bother to make a compelling argument the assistants were worth more money, just like he wouldn’t be bothered to fight for an IPF. Hell, I’m skeptical now with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      CMB had developed into a competent OC by 2006 when CMR, in panic mode at his disastrous coaching of the O in 2006, turned over play calling to Mike for the Auburn game. By 2007 he was promoted to OC.

      We won in a significant upset of a highly ranked Auburn.

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  7. Bill Glennon

    LOL. The caricatures of McGarrity as the calculating oppressive dictator and the obsequious, clueless lapdog in the same post are classic.

    Narrative uber alles!

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  8. Normaltown Mike

    CMR was such an intense competitor, constantly driving the program forward, striving for more that he wore a Georgia logo belt to the presser announcing him as HC at Miami.

    Intensity personified.

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  9. “Stay out of Kirbys way” is poor argument if the other side is “BM is the all knowing enemy “

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  10. I can’t believe this is even debatable. It’s almost like people have an anti-Richt agenda and will deny facts. Reminds me of political discussions. ((Puke))

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