ATHENS - Thomas Brown wanted to come home to Georgia, so it didn't take much to persuade him to leave Wisconsin. Of course it didn't hurt to get a raise too.
Brown will earn a salary of $275,000 this year, according to documents provided by UGA through an open records request. Brown earned $215,000 last year in his only year at Wisconsin.
Bryan McClendon, who shifted to coaching Georgia's receivers in order to make room for Brown's hire, is also receiving a substantial raise: His salary is boosted to $400,000, after he earned $350,000 last season.
Brown is one of 13 new hires to the football program as of Thursday, according to a document provided by UGA. That includes coaches whose hires were announced previously (Brian Schottenheimer and Rob Sale) and some in off-field roles who joined the program more recently.
That includes Jonas Jennings, a former Georgia player, who has joined the program as a player relations coordinator at a salary of $75,000. Josh Lee has joined as director of football operations at $125,000. At lesser salaries the team has also hired a special teams analyst and quality control coordinators for offense and defense.