ATHENS - Jeremy Pruitt has received a big salary increase from UGA, the first in what is expected to be a string of raises for the football team's assistant coaches.
Pruitt's salary was bumped up to $1.3 million, an increase of $450,000 from what he earned last year. Pruitt, who signed a three-year contract upon arriving at Georgia last year, essentially received a new three-year contract, and will now be signed through the 2017 season.
“Our defense has performed overall at a very high level this season and much of it is due to Jeremy’s leadership,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “It’s important that we solidify his tenure at Georgia and continue to build our defense in all areas including recruiting, coaching and player development.”
Pruitt's raise was announced the same day that athletics director Greg McGarity revealed he and Richt were working on a contract extension.
There are expected to be more raises coming for Richt's assistants, according to a source. It was not specified why Pruitt's was announced right away, but with other schools (including LSU) currently looking for a defensive coordinator, the move should stave off any possible interest in hiring Pruitt away from UGA.
Georgia's defense saw a marked improvement this past season, as the Bulldogs improved their total defense from 45th in 2013 to 20th as of the New Year's Day bowl games. Georgia's pass defense currently ranks fifth nationally, after being 59th last year, and Pruitt also serves as secondary coach.