Georgia assistants place loyalty over pay

Athens — Rodney Garner makes these points very clear: He loves the University of Georgia, he loves Mark Richt and he loves his job.

But the Bulldogs’ man of many hats — he is defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach — may one day leave anyway.
There’s just too much money being thrown around in college football. And Georgia’s not doing much of the tossing.

Two weeks ago Garner was offered a three-year contract worth $400,000 per year to join Lane Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee. He turned it down to remain at Georgia, where he has a one-year deal that pays him $263,301 including supplements and bonuses. The Bulldogs offered Garner “a very minimal increase” for staying, he said.