New Incentive Structure in Place for Playoff

ATHENS - Some early projections have Georgia as a final-four playoff team.

That could be lucrative for Bulldog assistant coaches based on the new bonus structure for in the new era of college football.

It rewards Bulldogs’ coaching staff members for both trips to the SEC championship and games beyond that, according to information obtained in an open records request.

Winning both an SEC and national title will be worth 60 percent of each assistant’s base salary.

An SEC championship itself is worth 20 percent of base salary or reaching the game would be worth 10 percent.

On top of that, are bonuses that come in the new national postseason structure.

The breakdown of that:

--40 percent of base salary for winning a national title.

--30 percent for finishing national runner-up.

--25 percent for advancing to the four-team playoff.

--20 percent for reaching another of what’s termed a “BCS bowl,” also known as “New Year’s Six” to include the Peach, Fiesta, Orange, Cotton, Rose and Sugar.

--15 percent for playing in the Capital One Bowl.

--10 percent for the Outback, Music City, TaxSlayer, Liberty, Texas and Belk Bowls.

--8 percent for other “lower” bowls games.

Athletic director Greg McGarity said that new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will have the same postseason bonuses as the other assistant coaches. Former coordinator Todd Grantham’s contract had different incentives than the rest of the staff.

That means that Pruitt, an assistant on the last three national title winners at Florida State and Alabama, would make $210,000 in bonuses if Georgia wins the national and SEC titles. His base salary is $350,000.

 “I think our bonus structure has to be among the tops in the country,” McGarity said. “We feel strongly about rewarding success and are probably a little bit more aggressive there in the bonus structure.”

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