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UGA paid $80k to buy out Pruitt’s FSU contract

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On top of making Jeremy Pruitt one of the highest-paid coordinators at the FBS level, Georgia was also compelled to cut a check to the coach’s former employer to seal the deal.

Courtesy of an open records request, Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald reported earlier this weekend that, as part of Pruitt’s UGA contract, the university paid Florida State a total of $81,499.59 to buy the coach out of his FSU deal.  Weiszer reported that the money covered both the buyout and related taxes.

That stipulation was part of the contract Pruitt signed earlier this month.

On January 14, Pruitt was officially announced as the Bulldogs’ new defensive coordinator following a week’s worth of speculation.  Pruitt spent one season as the coordinator at Florida State after spending the previous six seasons on Nick Saban‘s Alabama staff.

Pruitt’s UGA deal calls for a salary of $850,000 in 2014, which would’ve placed the assistant fourth nationally among coordinators in 2013 behind Clemson’s Chad Morris ($1.3 million), Alabama’s Kirby Smart ($1.15 million) and LSU’s John Chavis ($1.12 million).  In addition to his coordinating duties, Pruitt will also be in charge of the Bulldogs’ secondary.

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6 Responses to “UGA paid $80k to buy out Pruitt’s FSU contract”
  1. mcjon22 says: Mar 30, 2014 6:59 PM

    How much did they pay to the 19 year old coed he was cheating on his 23 year old fiancé with?

  2. jimmy53 says: Mar 30, 2014 8:19 PM


    Good question. If he had been a head coach this story would have hit the national wire–

    If he couldn’t keep himself out of the bars and co-eds in Tallahassee–chances are he can’t in Athens either…

  3. stopthemadness101 says: Mar 31, 2014 6:54 AM

    I wonder if Georgia will pick up the cost of child support for all the coeds he knocks up…

  4. mrtreyseven says: Mar 31, 2014 8:13 AM

    Shows how much we ready to get rid of Grantham at DC, dude called some horrible defensive plays. I knew we switched to the 3-4 but i didnt think by the time he left we still would be transitioning.

    As for the stuff lets just be glad we all arent under a microscope with all our skeletons exposed. While you guys are talking about this guys personal life i wonder what skeletons would be exposed from your closet.

  5. microbrewuga says: Mar 31, 2014 9:25 AM

    Wow, was this common knowledge at FSU or just a bunch of gossip?

  6. jeffcfalcon says: Mar 31, 2014 12:24 PM

    The new DC may be a good upgrade but UGA still has an issue, its their head coach. CMR is mediocre at best and the OC Bobo is horrible. I cant for the life of me figure out why they keep on with these guys. CMR is a good coach but not a good head coach. Look for another 9-3 season and they have one of the easiest schedules in the SEC this year.

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