Closer look: Kirby Smart gives 5 of 7 returning Georgia football coaches raises
ATHENS — The Georgia football staff salaries have been updated for the 2020 season with pre-COVID-19 contracted raises of two more staff members kicking in.
UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told DawgNation that there were no raises negotiate or given after the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March.
Five of the seven returning Georgia assistant coaches off last year’s staff had raises negotiated into their contracts before that happened.
Most recently, tight ends coach Todd Hartley and running backs coach and run game coordinator Dell McGee received raises of $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.
Their raises were effective on July 1 per a FOIA letter filed by DawgNation last month.
McGee’s $25,000 bump raises his salary to $675,000, which ranks fourth-highest among the 10 staff assistants.
Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning saw the most significant salary increase this offseason, from $750,000 to $1.25 million.
Lanning’s salary bump was to be expected with the Bulldogs leading the nation in scoring defense and run defense, along with ranking No. 3 in scoring defense and No. 8 in pass efficiency defense.
The 34-year-old Lanning could still be considered somewhat of a bargain when one compares his salary to what other SEC defensive coordinators were making in 2019.
• Former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda $2.5 million
(New LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini is at $2.3 million)
• Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko was at $2.1 million
• Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was at $1.9 million
• Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made $1.8 million
• Former Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis $1.5 million
• Former Ole Miss defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre $1.5 million
• South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson $1.2 million
The two Georgia assistant coaches not to have raises at this year at this point are secondary coach Charlton Warren and receivers coach Cortez Hankton.
Warren, who signed a three-year deal at Georgia in January, 2019, received what was essentially at $200,000 raise to leave Florida.
Hankton, meanwhile, had received a $175,000 salary bump between the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
That salaries of Warren and Hankton would still rank in the top third of SEC assistant coaches, applying the 2019 salary chart.
Some SEC coaches actually took pay cuts this season as a result of their respective athletic departments losing revenue this season, largely on account of projected limited attendance at football games.
According to ESPN, nearly half of major college football and men’s basketball coaches have taken voluntary pay cuts.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley are two of the most noteworthy coaches to have taken paycuts.
In the SEC, new Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp were among the coaches taking pay cuts, per the USA Today
Muschamp told ESPN it was “a very easy decision” to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus.
“Our state is going through a really difficult time; our university is going through a really difficult time,” Muschamp said. “I’ve been fortunate in my coaching career.”
Georgia, with more than $100 million in its reserve fund, has not announced any plans or discussion to cut into its coaches’ pay.
Georgia football assistant salaries, 2020/2019
(per information attained via FOIA request)
DC Dan Lanning (2020) $1.25 million; (2019) $750,000
RB coach Dell McGee (2020) $675,000; (2019) $650.000
DB coach Charlton Warren (2020) $600,000; (2019) $600,000
LB coach Glenn Schumann (2020) $600,000; (2019) $550,000
DL coach Tray Scott (2020) $600,000; (2019) $470,000
WR Cortez Hankton (2020) $550,000; (2019) $550,000
TE Todd Hartley (2020) $400,000; (2019) $350,000
OC Todd Monken (2020) $1.1 million; (2019) N/A, Cleveland Browns OC
OL coach Matt Luke (2020) $900,000; (2019) $3.1 million, Ole Miss HC
ST coach Scott Cochran (2020) $550,000; (2019) $595,000, Alabama S&C HC
For comparison, Tennessee assistant salaries
(per Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Jim Chaney (offensive coordinator) – $1.6M
Derrick Ansley (defensive coordinator) – $1M
Will Friend (offensive line coach) – $805,000
Jimmy Brumbaugh (defensive line coach) – $650,000
Jay Graham (running backs coach) – $575,000
Tee Martin (wide receivers coach) – $450,000
Chris Weinke (quarterbacks coach) – $450,000
Brian Niedermeyer (inside linebackers coach) – $355,000
Shelton Felton (outside linebackers coach) – $225,000
Joe Osovet (tight ends coach) – $225,000
(Per Gannett Louisiana)
DC Bo Pelini .. $2.3 million.
OC Steve Ensminger … $1 million.
Pass Game Coordinator Scott Linehan … $807,000.
Offensive Line coach James Cregg … $657,000.
Cornerbacks coach/Recruiting Coordinator Corey Raymond … $582,000.
Defensive Line coach Bill Johnson … $578,500.
Safeties coach Bill Busch … $457,000.
Special Teams coach Greg McMahon … $432,000.
Wide Receivers coach Mickey Joseph … $407,000.
Running Backs coach Kevin Faulk … $357,000.