Reaching the Southeastern Conference championship game, a BCS bowl or the BCS championship game will mean more money for Georgia assistant football coaches than a year ago. Winning an SEC or national title brings even bigger bucks.
A BCS title now will trigger a performance bonus of 40 percent of an assistant’s base salary, up from 30 percent last year, according to information obtained in an open reords request. Getting to the BCS title game is now worth 30 percent instead of 25. Winning the SEC title is worth 20 percent, up from 10. A trip to the SEC title game now brings a 15 percent bonus instead of 10.
Athletic director Greg McGarity set the tone back in May when he said that Georgia would be “rewarding excellence” for winning championships. He was talking then about coach Mark Richt’s maximum total performance bonus doubling from $400,000 to $800,000 in a contract that was extended through 2,016 but remained about the same in annual guaranteed compensation at $2.811 million.
Now the assistant coaches will be getting more in bonuses for the Bulldogs’ on-field showing.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who has a base salary of $300,000 this year, would get an additional $120,000 for winning the BCS title or $90,000 for reaching the BCS title game. An SEC title would be worth $60,000 for Bobo or reaching the title game would bring $45,000.
The bonus for reaching a BCS bowl game also went up from 20 to 25 percent of the base salary, but reaching a Tier I bowl (Capital One, Outback, Cotton and Chick-fil-A) remained at 10 percent and a lower-tier bowl stayed at eight percent.
As previously reported, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has a separate bonus structure. He can earn up to $150,000 in bonuses in his three-year contract worth $825,000 a year.
Richt will receive $150,000 for winning the SEC East or $200,000 for the SEC title; $100,000 for reaching the Capital One Bowl; $75,000 for the Outback, Cotton or Chick-fil-A; $50,000 for the Music City, Liberty or Independence; $200,000 for appearing in a BCS bowl; $300,000 for appearing in BCS title game or $500,000 for winning BCS title and $100,000 for a top-five finish in the AP or coaches’ poll.
Georgia is currently No. 5 in both of those polls.
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