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Georgia hoops assistants receive raises

ATHENS - A trip to the NCAA tournament, and an apparent uptick in recruiting, has earned raises for the three assistant coaches on Georgia's men's basketball team.

Philip Pearson, set to enter his seventh year as Mark Fox's top assistant, will now earn $230,000, a bump of $60,000, according to documents provided by UGA. Pearson was in the running for several head coaching jobs at smaller schools. He was the lead recruiter on Georgia's two commitments for the 2016 class, guards Jordan Harris and Tyree Crump.

Jonas Hayes and Yasir Rosemond, the other two assistants, will earn $210,000 annually under their new contracts. Rosemond, set to enter his second year at Georgia, was earning $160,000. Hayes, entering his third year, was earning $150,000.

Hayes, the former Georgia player, led the effort to land Michigan post players Yante Maten last year and Michael Edwards this year. Both Hayes and Rosemond are credited with helping land forward Derek Ogbeide and guard Turtle Jackson, members of this year's signing class.

Meanwhile, Fox's contract extension was finalized recently, with the signatures of athletics director Greg McGarity and president Jere Morehead. The contract, which runs through the 2017-18 season, was announced after last season, but Fox didn't sign it until February.

Fox's contract remains at $1.7 million annually, but the buyout was lessened on both sides. Fox will still owe the school $2 million if he leaves prior to March 31, 2016. But he would owe nothing afterwards.