Georgia‚Äôs assistant football coaches, who had reason to wonder about their job security after the Bulldogs‚Äô started the season 0-2, will be rewarded for reaching the SEC championship game.
Mark Richt‚Äôs nine assistants will receive bonuses worth a combined $191,500 for Georgia playing in the game, under the Athletic Association’s bonus structure obtained in an open records request.
The SEC championship game bonus ‚Äî win or lose ‚Äî is worth 10 percent of a coach‚Äôs base salary except for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. He receives a bonus of six percent ($18,000) of his base salary for reaching the title game or 13 percent ($39,000) if Georgia wins under the three-year, $750,000 contract he signed in 2010.
Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti, hired from the NFL‚Äôs Washington Redskins, gets a $25,000 bonus and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner get $24,250.
The other five assistants on staff get $20,000 bonuses.
Secondary coach Scott Lakatos and tight ends coach John Lilly each signed one-year contracts before this season that upped their salaries to $200,000 a year. Lakatos was at $180,000 and Lilly at $165,480.
That brought them in line with three other assistants making $200,000 ‚Äî receivers coach Tony Ball, offensive line coach Will Friend and running backs coach Bryan McClendon.
As previously reported, Richt gets a $75,000 bonus for getting the Bulldogs to the SEC title game. He will get another $25,000 for winning the game.
Storm helped Bulldogs get Boykin back
Remember that winter storm that dumped 8.8 inches of snow on Athens last January and closed the university for three days?
It may have helped Georgia get cornerback Brandon Boykin back for his senior season. Boykin said he nearly joined teammates A.J. Green and Justin Houston in making the jump.
‚ÄúI honestly was going to go to the NFL,‚Äù Boykin said Monday. ‚ÄúI kind of had my mind made up at one point.¬†And then I talked to coach Richt, and it’s funny, what happened was I actually came to the team meeting, me along with A.J. and Justin. It actually was like a snowstorm in Athens, a blizzard, and I got stuck here for a couple days. Just over the course of those days, I started talking to coach and all the coaches and just thinking about things.¬†I felt like it was kind of a sign from God.‚Äù
Mum’s the word at tailback
Isaiah Crowell won‚Äôt be giving any updates this week on how he‚Äôs doing as he‚Äôs expected to return from a sprained left ankle.
Georgia isn‚Äôt making Crowell or any other of its tailbacks available to the media before Saturday‚Äôs game.
Crowell practiced Monday night.
‚ÄúHe was moving around,‚Äù receiver Malcolm Mitchell said. ‚ÄúI really don‚Äôt know how he is as far as how his ankle feels, but I think he‚Äôll be fine.‚Äù
Junior Richard Samuel, who hasn‚Äôt played since the Florida game after undergoing ankle surgery, also could return.
Quarterback Aaron Murray said ‚Äúit‚Äôs huge for us,‚Äù if Georgia could have a healthy tailback group.
‚ÄúWe like to keep things balanced,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúWe want to be able to run the ball. We want to be able to chew up clock to keep our defense on the sidelines. ¬†I think we’ve been able to do that all year. ‚Ä¶ I think we need to be able to run the ball against LSU in order to get the victory and put some points on the board.‚Äù
This and that
Sophomore end Garrison Smith was named SEC co-defensive lineman of the week after having a career-high seven tackles, including 1 ¬Ω for loss against Georgia Tech. ‚Ä¶ LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award for nation‚Äôs top assistants Monday. Grantham was among nominees announced last week. ‚Ä¶ Georgia will be the visiting team and wear red jerseys Saturday. LSU is the home team and will wear white jerseys. ‚Ä¶ The Bulldogs practiced for about an hour in steady rain Monday night with temperatures in the 40s. ‚Ä¶ SEC championship game captains: Boykin, Ben Jones, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and tight end Orson Charles.