New assistant coach Ekeler's salary released

semerson@macon.comFebruary 14, 2014 

ATHENS - Mike Ekeler, the final new hire to Georgia's revamped coaching staff, will earn $250,000 this year, according to salaries released by UGA on Friday.

Ekeler was hired last week to coach inside linebackers, and it was announced earlier this week that he will also serve as co-special teams coordinator. Ekeler is on a one-year deal, as is every assistant except offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Pruitt, hired as the new defensive coordinator last month, will earn $850,000. Tracy Rocker, who will coach the defensive line and Will linebackers, will earn $300,000. Kevin Sherrer, who will coach the Sam linebackers and nickel-back, agreed to a $200,000 salary.

The salaries of the five offensive assistants are all subject to review, and athletics director Greg McGarity said he and head coach Mark Richt would discuss that, as they do every offseason. Bryan McClendon, who earned $235,000 this past season, seems in line for an increase after being named recruiting coordinator, and earning several national recruiter of the year awards. Tight ends coach John Lilly also earned $235,000, and he was named co-special teams coordinator, along with Ekeler.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is entering the second year of a contract that pays him $575,000 per season, but he's coming off a season in which he was named offensive coordinator of the year by 247Sports.com. Receivers coach Tony Ball, who did an admirable job this year after myriad injuries, earned $260,000 this past season. Offensive line coach Will Friend earned $300,000.

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