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.”
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.