Salary info released by UGA indicates Jay Johnson will be retained

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Georgia quality control coach Jay Johnson is expected to be retained.

ATHENS — Georgia offensive analyst Jay Johnson has received a new salary for the 2018 season, an indication he will remain on staff this year.

Johnson is now set to earn $135,000 in base salary, according to information provided by UGA on Tuesday. Johnson was earning $50,000 last year from UGA, during a year he was still being paid $550,000 by Minnesota, his former school.

The information provided by UGA appeared to only be base salaries. The school typically also pays coaches in supplemental compensation, and that often is much more than the base salary. (Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, for instance, is receiving $390,000 in base salary, the school said Tuesday, but Tucker’s total salary last year was $900,000.)

The information also confirmed the hiring of Tyson Summers as a quality control coordinator. Summers, the former coach at Georgia Southern, is being paid $50,000 in base salary. Summers received a $900,000 buyout when let go by Georgia Southern last year, per his contract.

Contracts and other information regarding its employees was not released by the athletic association, only the base salaries.

Minnesota fired Johnson early in 2017, as part of an unexpected staff overhaul. Georgia coach Kirby Smart scooped up Johnson as a quality control analyst. By all accounts, the move paid off as Johnson worked closely with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

UGA has not otherwise confirmed that Johnson will remain on staff, who was listed Tuesday as a “quality control coordinator.” Georgia currently has two openings for full-time assistant coaches, so Johnson conceivably could still be promoted to one of those roles.

More staff news:

  • Dan Lanning, the new outside linebackers coach, will be earning $325,000 in base salary.
  • Salary adjustments have been made for Tucker, receivers coach James Coley, running backs coach Dell McGee and offensive line coach Sam Pittman. Each received a slight bump in their base salary. (Coley, for instance saw a $50,000 bump to bring his base salary to $375,000.) But details of those adjustments have not been detailed yet, only that their base salaries have increased. (If Coley’s supplemental compensation remains the same, his new salary is $500,000.)

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