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3 minutes ago, 95Dawg said:

Yes!!

make it harder for poaching to happen

Yup. Impressive honestly. Much bigger than I expected us to be able to go. Particularly with Smart's salary undetermined at this point.

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Another article on the staff getting raises..  40% increase for most of the staff.. 

ATHENS - Georgia will give its assistant coaches a major bump in pay - about 40% over last year.

That’s according to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald. Total compensation for the ten coaches heading in the 2018 season is $6,420,000 - up from $4,560,000… a difference of $1,860,000, or 40.7% higher than the year before.

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker moved from $900,000 to $1,500,000 - a difference of $600,000.

2017 WR coach James Coley moved from $400,000 to $850,000 - a difference of $400,000.

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney moved from $800,000 to $900,000 - a difference of $100,000.

OL coach Sam Pittman moved from $660,000 to $825,000 - a difference of $165,000.

RB coach Dell McGree moved from $350,000 to $550,000 - a difference of $200,000.

DL coach Tray Scott moved from $400,000 to $420,000 - a difference of $20,000.

LB coach Glenn Schumann moved from $275,000 to $325,000 - a difference of $50,000

New coaches Cortez Hankton ($375,000), Dan Lanning ($325,000) and Scott Fountain ($300,000) rounded out the pay for the ten on-field assistants.

The ABH further reports that UGA’s strength and conditioning staff all also got raises - including Scott Sinclair jumping from $300,000 to $450,000 from one year to the next. New A&C assistant Ben Sowders is set to earn $85,000 in 2018.

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Rowe: It's time for Kirby Smart to get paid

After leading Georgia on a College Football Playoff run and recruiting at an elite level, Kirby Smart deserves to be one of the highest paid coaches in the SEC.

In case you didn’t already know, Georgia’s head coach is currently the seventh highest paid coach in the SEC. Among the six coaches ranked above Kirby Smart are two coaches who have at least one national title, one that has yet to lead his team into a game as a head coach, and three who have a combined 1-5 record against the Bulldogs in the past two seasons with Smart at the helm.

Now let me go ahead and make this abundantly clear. I’m not calling out the athletic department. For all I know there’s a deal already in place and Smart could be on his way to becoming the highest paid coach in the sport. This is simply an analysis of where things publicly stand and where I believe Smart should rank with all things considered.

Let’s start with a snapshot of head coaches’ salaries in the conference:

Nick Saban (Alabama) -- $11.125 million

Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) -- $7.5 million

Gus Malzahn (Auburn) -- $7 million (reportedly)

Dan Mullen (Florida)  -- $6.103 million

Mark Stoops (Kentucky)  -- $4 million

Jeremy Pruitt (Tennessee) -- $3.8 million

Kirby Smart (Georgia) -- $3.753 million

Chad Morris (Arkansas) -- $3.5 million

Ed Orgeron (LSU) -- $3.5 million

Will Muschamp (South Carolina) -- $3.3 million

Matt Luke (Ole Miss)  -- $3 million

Joe Moorhead (Mississippi State) -- $2.7 million

Derek Mason (Vanderbilt) -- $2.72 million

Barry Odom (Missouri) -- $2.35 million

Now I think we can all agree that it’s understandable that the two National Championship winning head coaches, Saban and Fisher, make more than Smart. When you consider the fact that Fisher was lured away from Florida State by the Aggies, his $7.5 million per year makes even more since.

The same could be said for Dan Mullen, who made the move from Starkville, Miss. to Gainesville, Fla. Getting a coach to leave a program he built is expensive. Getting Malzahn to stay after overtures from his home-state school was also costly. But this is where things start to reach a mesh point.

After all, in just his second season Smart led the Bulldogs to a victory in the SEC Championship game.

He’s also one of just two coaches in the conference to lead their team to the College Football Playoff final. Fisher, while at FSU, and Malzahn led their teams to the National Championship game in 2013, but that didn’t require conference championships and first-round playoff wins to get there. Fisher led the Seminoles to the first ever College Football Playoff but they were knocked off in round one against Oregon. Smart and Saban are the only two.

Malzahn has an SEC title and a separate appearance in the game to his credit.  While Mullen did a tremendous job at Mississippi State and took the Bulldogs to heights previously unknown within that program, he hasn’t yet led his team as far up the mountain as Smart did in just 24 months.

With all due respect to Pruitt and Stoops, I think most would agree that it’s a little silly that, as of right now, both are set to make more than Smart in 2018. Stoops, like Mullen at MSU, is consistently doing things at Kentucky that few have but he’s 0-2 against Smart coached teams and hasn't really challenged for a division title. Pruitt hasn’t yet coached in his first game as a head coach.

At the very least Smart should and, almost certainly will, jump those two. But should he A) stay behind Mullen and Malzahn B) fall between them or C) become the conference’s third highest paid coach?

I’m going with option C for reasons stated above and recruiting. In two years he’s done everything Malzahn and Mullen have done and more. But he’s flown right past those to coaches on the recruiting trail.

Smart has the Bulldogs challenging for the nation’s No. 1 class in 2018 according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite after signing the No. 3 class in 2017. Even his first class, one he didn’t get to work on full time until the 2015 National Championship game was over, finished at No. 6.

Auburn finished ninth in 2016 and 2017 and currently sits at No. 10 with one more commitment than the Bulldogs. Granted that's in a less talent rich state with Alabama to compete with. Mullen’s first class at Florida ranks No. 17 with 16 pledges. A rise into the top 10 is possible but it’s unlikely it’ll reach the same spot as Smart in his class. Florida is in a more fertile state but has two big-time programs competing for top prospects as well as every other program in the country.

Mullen and Malzahn are undoubtedly two of the better coaches in the conference. Their respective programs are fortunate to have them in place. But once Smart’s salary is raised and his term extended, he should be making more than both. With longer to do it neither has been able to do what Smart has done on the field or on the trail.

Once all is said and done with the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted, I predict Smart will be north of $7 million per year, at least that’d be UGA doing right by the young head coach based on what he’s accomplished in a short time.

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18 hours ago, Bdawg58 said:

Wow!! Significant raises for sure and this doesn’t  include a certain raise for Smart

 

Not to be overly picky but Coley got a $400k raise and McGee $200k.  I believe they should have evened that out.  At $650k/yr,  McGee could still get poached.

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1 minute ago, g-dawg said:

Not to be overly picky but Coley got a $400k raise and McGee $200k.  I believe they should have evened that out.  At $650k/yr,  McGee could still get poached.

He was already offered the Texas A&M OC job. I think we're fine for now.

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15 minutes ago, Yo_Lover said:

He was already offered the Texas A&M OC job. I think we're fine for now.

I was speaking about McGee, not Coley.

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1 hour ago, Yo_Lover said:

He was already offered the Texas A&M OC job. I think we're fine for now.

He was offered the title. He was not going to be calling plays.

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I certainly think KS will get a substantial raise and he deserves it, but I think part of it should be raising the bonuses to crazy levels so that when he does win the sec or win the national title, he gets paid for that season like the best coach in football, without going into Saban land avg salary until he wins the big one.  These salaries are kind of getting crazy.  

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2 hours ago, frankly88 said:

Is Coley's role changing?  That's seems like a lot for a WR coach.

Most think he'll take over QB and/or passing game coordinator, with Chaney shifting to OC/TE, and Cortez rolling onto WRs. Don't know that anything has been officially announced on that front.

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Georgia Roster approaching Alabama status

Trent Smallwood • UGASports.com

@SmallwoodTrent

Since Nick Saban took over at Alabama, the Crimson Tide's roster has transformed into an elite powerhouse. No other school, besides maybe Clemson or Ohio State, has been close to the Crimson Tide when it comes to overall talent of the roster. Kirby Smart took over at Georgia in December of 2015, and while there was talent leftover by former head coach Mark Richt, the roster was far from elite status.

Nearly 26 months later, Smart has revamped the roster in Athens. After two full signing classes, the Bulldogs are approaching elite status with the overall roster makeup.

Below, we compare Georgia's 2018 roster to that of Alabama to see just how close the Bulldogs are to the Tide..

Alabama vs Georgia Roster

AlabamaGeorgia

Total 5 stars

15

13

Total 4 stars

49

45

Players in the Rivals100

27

28

QB

Tua Tagovailoa (Rivals100 4*)

Jalen Hurts (Rivals250 4*)

Mac Jones (Rivals250 4*)

Jake Fromm (Rivals100 5*)

Justin Fields (Rivals100 5*)

RB

Damien Harris (Rivals100 5*)

Najee Harris (Rivals100 5*)

Ronnie Clark (Rivals100 4*)

Brian Robinson (Rivals100 4*)

Joshua Jacobs (3*)

Jerome Ford (3*)

Zamir White (Rivals100 5*)

James Cook (Rivals100 5*)

D'Andre Swift (Rivals100 4*)

Elijah Holyfield (Rivals250 4*)

Brian Herrien (3*)

WR

Jerry Jeudy (Rivals100 5*)

Jaylen Waddle (Rivals100 5*)

DeVonta Smith (Rivals100 4*)

Henry Ruggs (Rivals250 4*)

Chadarius Townsend (Rivals250 4*)

Tyrell Shavers (Rivals250 4*)

Xavier Williams (Rivals250 4*)

Slade Bolden (4*)

Derek Kief (3*)

Xavian Marks (2*)

Terry Godwin (Rivals100 5*)

Mecole Hardman Jr. (Rivals100 5*)

Riley Ridley (Rivals250 4*)

Kearis Jackson (Rivals250 4*)

Jeremiah Holloman (4*)

Trey Blount (4*)

Tommy Bush (4*)

Jayson Stanley (3*)

Michael Chigbu (3*)

Tyler Simmons (3*)

Matthew Landers (3*)

TE

Kedrick James (4*)

Major Tennison (4*)

Michael Parker (4*)

Hale Hentges (3*)

Irvin Smith (3*)

Miller Forristall (3*)

Isaac Nauta (Rivals100 5*)

Luke Ford (Rivals100 4*)

John FitzPatrick (Rivals250 4*)

Jackson Harris (4*)

Charlie Woerner (4*)

OL

Jonah Williams (Rivals100 5*)

Jedrick Wills (Rivals100 5*)

Alex Leatherwood (Rivals100 5*)

Elliot Baker (5*)

Lester Cotton (Rivals100 4*)

Richie Petitbon (Rivals100 4*)

Joshua Casher (Rivals250 4*)

Ross Pierschbacher (Rivals250 4*)

Dallas Warmack (Rivals250 4*)

Kendall Randolph (Rivals250 4*)

Emil Ekiyor (Rivals250 4*)

Tommy Brown (Rivals250 4*)

Brandon Kennedy (4*)

Matt Womack (3*)

Scott Lashley (3*)

Chris Owens (3*)

Deonte Brown (3*)

Hunter Brannon (3*)

Isaiah Wilson (Rivals100 5*)

Jamaree Salyer (Rivals100 5*)

Cade Mays (Rivals100 5*)

Andrew Thomas (Rivals100 4*)

Netori Johnson (Rivals100 4*)

Kendall Baker (Rivals250 4*)

Pat Allen (Rivals250 4*)

Ben Cleveland (Rivals250 4*)

Trey Hill (Rivals250 4*)

Warren Ericson (Rivals250 4*)

D'Marcus Hayes (4*)

Lamont Gaillard (3*)

Sam Madden (3*)

Chris Barnes (3*)

Solomon Kindley (3*)

Justin Shaffer (3*)

Owen Condon (3*)

DL

Isaiah Buggs (5*)

Raekwon Davis (Rivals100 4*)

LaBryan Ray (Rivals100 4*)

Quinnen Williams (Rivals250 4*)

Phidarian Mathis (Rivals250 4*)

Jarez Parks (Rivals250 4*)

Stephon Wynn (Rivals250 4*)

Christian Barmore (4*)

Johnny Dwight (3*)

Jonathan Ledbetter (Rivals100 4*)

Michail Carter (Rivals100 4*)

Tyler Clark (Rivals250 4*)

Julian Rochester (Rivals250 4*)

Malik Herring (Rivals250 4*)

Michael Barnett (4*)

Devonte Wyatt (4*)

Jordan Davis (4*)

Daquan Hawkins (3*)

Justin Young (3*)

David Marshall (3*)

Tramel Walthour (3*)

LB

Lyndell Mack Wilson (Rivals100 5*)

Ben Davis (Rivals100 5*)

Terrell Lewis (Rivals100 5*)

Dylan Moses (Rivals100 5*)

Eyabi Anoma (Rivals100 5*)

Christian Miller (Rivals100 4*)

Vandarius Cowan (Rivals100 4*)

Jordan Davis (Rivals100 4*)

Anfernee Jennings (Rivals250 4*)

Joshua McMillon (Rivals250 4*)

Markail Benton (Rivals250 4*)

Chris Allen (Rivals250 4*)

Cameron Latu (Rivals250 4*)

Keith Holcombe (3*)

Jaylen Moody (2*)

Adam Anderson (Rivals100 5*)

Brenton Cox (Rivals100 5*)

Keyon Brown (Rivals100 4*)

Natrez Patrick (Rivals100 4*)

D'Andre Walker (Rivals100 4*)

Jaden Hunter (Rivals100 4*)

Nate McBride (Rivals100 4*)

Quay Walker (Rivals100 4*)

Robert Beal (Rivals250 4*)

Channing Tindall (Rivals250 4*)

Azeez Ojulari (Rivals250 4*)

Jaleel Laguins (4*)

Tae Crowder (3*)

Juwan Taylor (3*)

Walter Grant (3*)

Monty Rice (3*)

DB

Patrick Surtain (Rivals100 5*)

Deionte Thompson (Rivals100 4*)

Nigel Knott (Rivals100 4*)

Xavier McKinney (Rivals100 4*)

Trevon Diggs (Rivals250 4*)

Shyheim Carter (Rivals250 4*)

Jared Mayden (Rivals250 4*)

Daniel Wright (Rivals250 4*)

Jalyn Armour-Davis (Rivals250 4*)

Josh Jobe (Rivals250 4*)

Kyriq McDonald (4*)

Saivion Smith (4*)

Keaton Anderson (3*)

Eddie Smith (3*)

Tyson Campbell (Rivals100 5*)

Richard LeCounte (Rivals100 4*)

Otis Reese (Rivals100 4*)

Nadab Joseph (Rivals100 4*)

Mark Webb (Rivals250 4*)

Deangelo Gibbs (Rivals250 4*)

William Poole III (Rivals250 4*)

Christopher Smith (Rivals250 4*)

Divaad Wilson (4*)

Deandre Baker (3*)

Jarvis Wilson (3*)

Tyrique McGhee (3*)

Ameer Speed (3*)

Eric Stokes (3*)

Latavious Brini (3*)

Tray Bishop (3*)

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4 hours ago, richham said:

I certainly think KS will get a substantial raise and he deserves it, but I think part of it should be raising the bonuses to crazy levels so that when he does win the sec or win the national title, he gets paid for that season like the best coach in football, without going into Saban land avg salary until he wins the big one.  These salaries are kind of getting crazy.  

If we don't pay them someone else will 

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14 hours ago, frankly88 said:

Is Coley's role changing?  That's seems like a lot for a WR coach.

Glad he got paid, but IMO Pittman ought to be the highest paid position coach just based on principal alone.  Dude is a genius

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