Georgia makes assistant coach the highest-paid non-coordinator in college football
Todd Hartley, Georgia’s tight ends, is now in a class by himself among assistant coaches in college football.
Georgia and Kirby Smart handed Hartley a contract extension through the 2023-24 season which will pay him $650,000, an increase from his previous salary of $450,000, according to an Open Records request obtained by DawgNation. The new deal makes Hartley the highest-paid tight ends coach in the country that does not have the title of offensive coordinator or co-offensive coordinator.
The contract was signed by Hartley on April 18, just two days after Georgia wrapped up spring practice. The buyout on the deal also jumps from 20 percent to 50 percent. Hartley, who has been at Georgia since early 2019, has had 3 tight ends drafted in the NFL and signed several top-shelf recruits.
Among the players in the mix that has Georgia poised to have the best tight ends in the country include Darnell Washington, Brock Bowers and Oscar Delp that Hartley signed in consecutive classes. Georgia also holds two tight-end commitments in the 2023 recruiting cycle in Pearce Spurlin and Lawson Luckie.
Bowers had a record-breaking season under Hartley as he caught 13 touchdowns and led Georgia in every receiving category during an All-American season.
Georgia also boasts former 5-star prospect Arik Gilbert.