Bobo gets big boost in pay, entire Georgia coaching staff gets raises

Georgia’s Mike Bobo has received a hefty pay raise that will make him one of the highest paid offensive coordinators in the Southeastern Conference

Bobo will make $575,000 per year in guaranteed compensation, according to information obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald Wednesday in an open records request. That’s a $240,000 raise from the $335,000 he was making previously.

All of the assistants from coach Mark Richt’s coaching staff last year also got raises that are already in effect, including defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who will now be paid $850,000 annually after a $25,000 raise.

Bobo’s increase moves him to fourth in pay among offensive coordinators in the SEC behind Florida’s Brent Pease and LSU’s Cam Cameron at $600,000 and Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier at $590,000, according to various media reports. Cameron is set to make $1.3 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015.

Bobo was the ninth-highest paid offensive coordinator before the increase.

“It’s not the highest in the conference, but it’s among the top three or four and that’s where we felt Mike should be,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “Mike has played a huge part in not only running the offense but in the development of our quarterbacks. The way he’s been such an integral part of recruiting in general it was a priority for Mark Richt and that’s where we ended up.”

The Bulldogs offense set program records for points (529) and touchdowns (72) in a season last year.

Grantham’s total compensation is behind only Alabama’s Kirby Smart ($950,000) and LSU’s John Chavis ($911,250) among coordinators in the SEC.

McGarity said Richt has a pool of money to distribute among his assistant coaches and he determines how it is split after review by McGarity.

Offensive line coach Will Friend got a salary of increase of $90,000 to $300,000 per year. Bobo and Friend are believed to have turned down overtures to talk to Virginia Tech and Friend was pursued for at least one other opening.

Receivers coach Tony Ball, who interviewed last week for an opening at Tennessee, received a $50,000 raise to $260,000.

The other assistants each got $25,000 raises.

Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti will now make $285,000 in salary and tight ends coach John Lilly, secondary coach Scott Lakatos and running backs coach Bryan McClendon will each be paid $235,000 a year.

New defensive line coach Chris Wilson was hired at a salary of $250,000 in January.

Grantham is the only Georgia assistant already working under a multi-year contract.

McGarity would not discuss any multi-year contracts at this time, but has said previously that Bobo could be in line for that. That would be announced at a later date. McGarity said it is yet to be determined if there will be any new titles for assistants.

Under the 38-year old Bobo, the Bulldogs ranked third in the SEC in scoring offense (37.8 points per game) and total offense (467.64 yards per game) and in the top 25 in the nation in both categories.

The salary increases for Georgia’s assistants comes in the same offseason that Richt’s pay went from $2.81 million to $3.2 million and he received a one-year contract extension. Georgia has played in the SEC title game the past two seasons.

Georgia’s nine assistant coaches will be paid a total of $3.225 million, up from about $2.77 million last season. McGarity said that’s not in the top tier in the conference but is comparable with SEC East rival Florida.

The raises, McGarity said, are “representative of the job this staff has done really over the last two years. They kept the ship together. Even though 2010 wasn’t what we wanted to do, Mark and his staff turned it around and did it the right way. This is just representative of a job that’s well done and bodes well for the future.”

Georgia assistant coaches total compensation after pay raises
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham $850,000
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo $575,000
Offensive line coach Will Friend $300,000
Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti $285,000
Wide receivers coach Tony Ball $260,000
Defensive line coach Chris Wilson $250,000
Secondary coach Scott Lakatos $235,000
Tight ends coach John Lilly $235,000
Running backs coach Bryan McClendon $235,000

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