Big Bucks for Smart's Support Staff

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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