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Georgia’s DC gets raise as part of finalized contract

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Georgia spent the past sixth months working through contract negotiations with coach Mark Richt. In less than 24 hours, they school has finalized deals with Richt, athletic director Greg McGarity, and now, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

McGarity announced this morning that Grantham will receive a $75,000 bump in pay in his new three-year deal, taking his total salary to $825,000 annually. Grantham’s base salary will be $400,000 with an additional $425,000 for “supplemental income.” Additional incentives include $150,000 if Georgia wins the BCS championship.

And, like Richt’s contract, Grantham would not owe UGA a buyout if he took a job as head coach of NCAA or NFL team, or as a NFL defensive coordinator.

In March, Grantham received an extension that takes him through 2015 with the Bulldogs.

Grantham’s previous salary of $750,000 already made him one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the SEC; the raise officially puts him behind only LSU’s John Chavis, Alabama’s Kirby Smart and Auburn’s Brian VanGorder

“Its just the market,”McGarity said. “I think that places him behind Kirby and John Chavis and it’s right with the others in the conference. Chavis has obviously been at LSU and been in this conference for a long time and done a great job and Todd has too. You’re being fair to them as respect to the market.”

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9 Responses to “Georgia’s DC gets raise as part of finalized contract”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2012 1:54 PM

    Grantham’s brought defense back to UGA. They were suspect for a bit there, and people were rightfully saying that Richt appeared to be on the hotseat there. But unless 2011 turns out to have been a flash in the pan, he’s not anymore, and Grantham’s accomplishment of taking basically a touchdown and 6oyds. off the defense’s game average from 2009 to 2011 is a big reason why. He deserves this raise as much or more than Richt did his own.

  2. dg0122 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:45 PM

    I like Richt , but has anyone done less with more talent in the past few years than Goergia?

  3. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2012 3:54 PM

    He consistantly wins the SEC East. His one and only season that he didn’t have a winning record was the year Grantham was hired late in the summer and the team was built for a 43, not the 34 Grantham played. He dominated the first half of the SEC Championship game with no healthy RBs. Why didn’t UGA have a bevy of RB’s? Because Richt isn’t Spurrier. He has the guts and integrity to kick talented but problem kids off the team and did so with three RBs.

    There can be only one National Champ and SEC Champ every year. If you haven’t noticed, Saben and Miles out recruit Richt just about every year. It was obvious to everybody that by the end of the 2009 season Georgia needed a change of DC. Richt pulled the trigger. If you’re going to fault him for anything, its not having a full time Special Teams coach.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2012 4:06 PM

    jonkybon, he also put up with a fairly underperforming offensive line coach…who is now Texas’ OL coach. Ah well; I hate to dance on his predecessor’s grave, but Searels is still an improvement over what they had before at that spot.

  5. dawgs105 says: Jun 8, 2012 4:46 PM

    @dg0122
    Off the top of head I’d say Mack Brown at Texas.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2012 5:11 PM

    @dawgs: yeah, you nailed it: it’s Mack. Two top-three final BCS rankings, two top-three final poll rankings, a BCS title game appearance, 35 wins, one BCS bowl win, one other bowl win, one conference championship, two division championships…Mack’s definitely an under-achiever.

  7. dg0122 says: Jun 8, 2012 5:21 PM

    Yeah Mack has only won 1 crystal football, played for another one, got hosed out of playing for still another, caused aTm to fire 3 coaches, sent Nebraska running skeered from the B12, seen attendance and merchandise skyrocket and made Texas the most profitable athletic department in the country.

    And UNC is on there 4th or 5th head coach since he left there after 1997…

    Yeah Mack hasn’t done anything

  8. dg0122 says: Jun 8, 2012 6:22 PM

    THEIR 4th or 5th head coach…damn autocorrect

  9. dawgs105 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:38 PM

    In the last 6 years Texas has been in the top 5 in recruiting 5 times. In those 6 years, they won the Big 12 once. They played in 5 bowls, winning 4 of them (2 holiday bowls, 1 Alamo, and 1 Fiesta.) They lost the National Championship in 2009. Sounds like he sure has done a lot with all that talent.

    I don’t think Mack Brown is a bad coach, but I was answering dgo122′s question “has anyone done less with more talent in the past few years than Goergia?”

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