It’s not exactly a shock that Georgia’s on the hook for a fair amount of change with the dismissal of Mark Richt and his staff. $6.2 million is the cost of doing business in today’s SEC.
The fun occurs when you break down that number. Particularly with one Jeremy Pruitt.
UGA’s employment agreements with assistant coaches call for them to be paid through June 30 of the current year unless they have a multiyear agreement. Georgia then agrees to make up the difference if the coaches’ new jobs pay less…
… Pruitt, who is now defensive coordinator at Alabama, had two years remaining on their three-year contracts. So their monies will be paid over the remaining term, according to Andy Platt, the athletic association’s chief financial officer. That’s … $600,000 total for Pruitt, records show.
But wait, you say. Jeremy Pruitt’s gone to work for the Rolls Royce of college football programs, in the same position he occupied at Georgia. How is it possible that Georgia owes him money?
Likewise, it appears Pruitt is scheduled to make $1 million a year as Alabama’s new defensive coordinator. He succeeds Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, who made $1.5 million last year in the same role for the Crimson Tide. Pruitt made $1.3 million as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator last season.
Pruitt took a pay cut to work for Saban, except it’s not really a pay cut, thanks to the generosity of Greg McGarity. I bet Pruitt smiles every time that deposit shows up in his checking account.
Hell, I’m a little surprised he didn’t agree to work for less.