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Kirby Smart's Suppport Staff is Earning Big Bucks

Smart's staff increased by eight members from what Mark Richt had, and the program has handed out some big raises.

Spending on off-the-field support staff has risen by 33 percent since Kirby Smart took his position at Georgia.

Under the Mark Richt regime, Georgia spent $2.1 million on support staff but Smart is spending $2.8 million, according to an open records request made by the Athens Banner-Herald. The budget Smart and Co. is expending nearly mirrors what Alabama spends on support staff, $2.7 million.

Smart increased his staff to 34 members, eight more than Richt had, not including Smart’s nine on-field assistants and four graduate assistants. Many of off-field staffers received raises. Jonas Jennings, the director of player development, is making $215,730 this year, compared to his $81,750 salary last year. 

The list goes on: special teams analyst James Vollono makes $82,400, a position that made $31,500 just last year. Bryant Gantt, director of player wellness, rakes in $128,750, in an increase from the $44,750 the position pulled previously.

Georgia increased its athletics budget to $123 million this year, with an additional $9 million reserved for athletics facilities improvements.


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