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Bonuses due for three UGA coaches

ATHENS, Ga. – The contracts of three different University of Georgia assistant football coaches called for them to be paid a total of $100,000 in “retention bonuses” by the university no later than Monday.

Mike Bobo made a base salary of $325,000 this past season.

Bonuses were due UGA’s wide receivers coach Tony Ball, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner for still being employed through the end of the 2010 football season.

Ball stood to make a retention bonus of $40,000, while Bobo and Garner were each to receive an extra $30,000 as a retention bonus. Per terms of each of the coaches’ contracts with UGA, each of the bonus amounts was to be paid “on or before Feb. 28, 2011.”

This was per existing deals for each of the three coaches through June 30, 2011. Each of the three coaches was due that amount so long as he “remains continuously employed by the university as coach and has not been relieved of his duties as coach through conclusion of 2010-2011 football season,” per terms of each deal.

Any “prior and subsequent agreements” were not to change the amounts and dates of the 2011 bonuses for those three assistant coaches, the contracts said.

Retention bonuses are built into contracts for the majority of UGA’s assistants. Recently departed offensive line coach Stacy Searels would have received a retention bonus of $45,000 by Feb. 28, 2012 had he remained on staff.

Meanwhile, defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos ($30,000) and tight ends coach John Lilly ($50,000) would receive retention bonuses by Feb. 2013 and running backs coach Bryan McClendon would receive $50,000 by Feb. 28, 2014.

Details of contracts for recently hired assistant coaches Will Friend and Kirk Olivadotti have not yet been made available by UGA.

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