It includes the same buyout stipulations as offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: $125,000 if he were to leave before Jan. 1, 2016, $100,000 before Jan. 1, 2017 and $50,000 on or before Dec. 31, 2017, according to a copy of the contract obtained in an open records request.
Like in the first contract he signed last year, Pruitt would not have to pay any buyout if he were to accept an NCAA FBS or NFL head coaching job or NFL defensive coordinator job.
Pruitt got a raise of $450,000 under the new deal.
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Freshman defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, who has missed much of preseason with an undisclosed injury, appears to be doubtful to be available at the season's start. “He’s trying to get well right now, he’s rehabbing, we’re hopeful that we’ll know something in the next couple of days,” Rocker said. “He’s moving around a little bit.” Rocker downplayed the notion he may mean he won’t contribute this season.
Bakari Guice, a former receiver/defensive back at Grambling State and coach at West Monroe High School, now has the title of quality control coordinator for defense.
Georgia closed practice to the media for the third straight day. The timing coincides with the quarterback pecking order being sorted out.
McClendon said the plan for now is for him to remain on the field on gameday like he has his entire coaching career and not upstairs in the box. He wasn’t sure which offensive assistant may be upstairs.
It’s never too early for bowl projections apparently. FoxSports.com’s Stewart Mandel pencils in Georgia to play in the Outback Bowl against Minnesota.
The SEC Network TV crew for the opener: Dave Neal, former Georgia offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb and Kayce Smith.