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Some UGA Assistants Get Bowl Payment; Some No

ATHENS - The four Georgia football coaches who didn’t finish out the season with the team won’t make the combined $177,500 they would have received in bowl bonuses.

Head coach Mark Richt opted out of coaching the Bulldogs in the TaxSlayer Bowl after becoming Miami’s head coach after he was fired.

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt began work at Alabama, where he was hired as defensive coordinator.

Inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler left for another coaching job and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer bowed out of coaching in the bowl with no reason given.

Richt would have received $75,000 for coaching in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Pruitt and Schottenheimer were each due to make $37,500 and Mike Ekeler would have received $27,500.

The assistant coaches bonuses are 10 percent of their base salary.

That’s what the six assistants who remained for the bowl will make, according to information obtained by the Banner-Herald under an open records request.

Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker gets $34,000, tight ends coach John Lilly, wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, offensive line coach Rob Sale and inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer get $32,500 each and running backs coach Thomas Brown receives $27,500.

Georgia is paying about $4.1 million to Richt as a buyout for a contract it is honoring even though he had not signed it.

The buyout for the two years remaining on Pruitt’s contract is about $2.6 million but it will be offset by the amount he makes at Alabama. If he’s paid the same there, Georgia won’t owe him anything.

Schottenheimer would be owed about $1.9 million for the final two years of his contract but that number will be reduced by what he earns if he takes another job. Georgia would owe the difference if he earns less than he would have made at Georgia.

Offensive players said they didn’t get a chance to talk to Schottenheimer before he left the program except for the quarterbacks that he coached directly.

“There’s no hard feelings at all,” offensive tackle Kolton Houston said. “Obviously they’re here for us, but they’re there for themselves, too, and their family. If they have to go look for another job, too, they’ve got to do what’s best for their family. That’s what he thought at this moment was best for his family.

Houston said he appreciated the coaches that remained.

“All of these coaches that don’t have a secure future that came back, they came back for us,” Houston said. “They didn’t have to coach the bowl game. …That shows they really care about their players.”


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