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.