ATHENS — Georgia will be paying its offensive and defensive coordinators the same salary, and over the same period of time. At least according to their initial contracts.
Mel Tucker, hired officially earlier this week as Georgia’s new defensive coordinator, agreed to a three-year contract worth $850,000 annually. That’s according to a memorandum of understanding released by UGA on Friday.
That’s the same salary and length of contract as Jim Chaney, who was hired as Georgia’s offensive coordinator last month.
Three-year contracts have become the norm at Georgia for offensive and defensive coordinators, where the last two on each side of the ball were on such deals. Offensive line coach Sam Pittman, lured away from Arkansas, also received a three-year contract, which was believed to be unprecedented for a position coach at Georgia. (Pittman’s salary is $650,000).
New head coach Kirby Smart’s position coaches are now also getting two-year details, at least for new receivers coach James Coley (at an annual salary of $450,000) and retained defensive assistants Tracy Rocker ($525,000) and Kevin Sherrer ($375,000).
The contracts for running backs coach Dell McGee and special teams coach Shane Beamer have not been released yet.
Tucker comes to Georgia after one year at Alabama, where he was secondary coach. Tucker will also coach the secondary at Georgia in addition to being the defensive coordinator for new head coach Kirby Smart.