The University of Georgia may have found the head coach it wanted to replace Mark Richt, but the school still has a high price to pay for its actions.
Per Chip Towers of AJC.com…
“As the Bulldogs flip the page to 2016, they still have an additional six coaches with whom to make good before they can close their books on the previous coaching staff. Due to salary “offsets” created by former assistant coaches taking jobs for lesser pay, UGA still owes more than $2.2 million to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, linebackers coach Mike Ekeler, tight ends coach John Lilly, offensive line coach Rob Sale and strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke, according to information obtained from UGA in compliance with an open records request from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”
That’s a hard pill to swallow as the team gets ready to start with spring drills and the schools distances itself from the Richt era which lasted 15 seasons in Athens.
The story states both Schottenheimer, who has since taken a job with the Indianapolis Colts, and Pruitt, who is now defensive coordinator at Alabama, had two years remaining on their three-year contracts. So based on their financial agreement with the university, they will be paid in accordance with their contracts.
The Bulldogs hired Kirby Smart to replace Richt. Now that Smart has come to campus following Alabama’s national title win over Clemson, he has assembled his own staff, some of those assistant coaches moving with him from Tuscaloosa.
NO FOOTBALL IN LOUISIANA?
Could there be a college football season without teams from the state of Louisiana playing a down? That’s what the governor claims because of massive deficits that have stricken the state. Gridironnow.com reported the comments John Bel Edwards made in reference to the need to handle the budget in a way so there is more profit than spending.
“During his speech, Edwards spelled out what many in the state already knew: Louisiana is facing a nearly $1 billion budget deficit this fiscal year and a $2 billion deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1. As a result, massive cuts to higher education and healthcare in Louisiana have been instituted to loosen the budget squeeze. In asking for legislative assistance with his proposals, Edwards suggested some campuses would face financial bankruptcy, leading to layoffs and the cancellation of classes.
Then, he hit us with the zinger:
“If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester. That means you can say farewell to college football next fall.”
There is nothing to worry about, there will be football at LSU and the other football programs in the state.
There are other issues related to state spending that have nothing to do with the educational process in Louisiana.
As the report pointed out, “LSU athletics is not part of the higher-education problem in Louisiana. It has actually been a part of the solution. LSU is one of only seven athletic departments in the nation that does not receive a single dollar of state money. In fact, in the past five years, LSU athletics has transferred more than $43 million to the university as part of a funds transfer policy approved in 2012.”
MORE HATE FOR HARBAUGH
In another situation where football and politics should never mix, Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh was compared to Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump by Paul Finebaum.
“For whatever reason, the SEC coaches will not learn,” Finebaum said Wednesday on his SEC Network show. “They have to keep reacting to this guy. It’s like Rubio and Kasich and Bush all reacting to Donald Trump. That’s what he wants. And the Donald Trump of college football, Jim Harbaugh, wants Greg Sankey and he wants Hugh Freeze and Butch Jones and Gus Malzahn and Bret Bielema to all get their panties in a wad and make him even a bigger story.”
It would appear everything Harbaugh does of late stirs up controversy. The second-year head coach at his alma mater has drawn the ire of the SEC over his insistence that the program practice this spring in Florida, which is SEC territory.
Ben Harris of dailycaller.com points out, “While no NCAA rules prohibit the decision, Harbaugh continued to make enemies. Enter SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, who immediately petitioned the NCAA to prohibit such a move. While NCAA rules limit the amount of time college athletes are allowed to spend performing team activities — currently known as the 20-hour per week rule — there are no limitations on spring break activities as it is almost universally a break for players.”