A second look at those Georgia football support-staff figures

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Kirby Smart spent plenty to build up his staff when he came to Athens, but was it really THAT much?

Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. It’s Wednesday and we’re looking at the apparent commitment of a JUCO return man who could join the Dawgs this fall, where UGA’s stable of running backs rank among the best positional units in the nation, and some skewed figures in the support staff spending discussed Tuesday.

Coaching change skewed Georgia support staff figures

Tuesday in Good Day UGA, I wrote about a report in The Advocate which indicated the Georgia is spending more money on support staffers than any other school in the SEC. But additional reporting by Seth Emerson of DawgNation indicates that’s probably not be the case.

The figures The Advocate cites come from 2015-16 NCAA financial reports that give a box with a single support staff figure that isn’t broken down further. That’s where The Advocate got the $4.4 million. 

According to a source who spoke with Emerson, it seems the NCAA double-dipped on their figures because of the coaching change that happened in Athens in the middle of the 2015-16 academic year.

“That year, Mark Richt was fired, and the resulting turnover saw much of his support staff leave. That included the strength and conditioning coordinator and his four staffers, and quality control coaches that Jeremy Pruitt had helped bring in,” Emerson said. “So Kirby Smart then came aboard and hired his own strength and conditioning staff, along with other quality control staffers. And the NCAA figures, it appear, counts both Richt and Smart’s support staffs.”

According to Emerson, when you count the six-month salaries of each coach’s staff, Georgia would likely clock in at around half of the $4.4 million figure originally cited, although it’s difficult to tell for sure. That would put UGA roughly in line with Florida and Ole Miss, with the increase in support staff that’s occurred during the 2016-17 academic year possibly putting it in the top 5 of the SEC.

Georgia could, and perhaps will, become one of the biggest spenders on support staff in college football. But it doesn’t appear the program is there at this time.

UGA could land another return man for this season

There’s another name for you to learn among recruits in the Class of 2017: Ahkil Crumpton. The JUCO return man from Los Angeles Valley Community College committed to the Bulldogs via Twitter on Tuesday. Nothing is official yet, but if this goes through, Crumpton would join the team before fall camp and be eligible to play for Georgia this season.

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