Georgia had to pay up to keep DC Glenn Schumann away from Alabama

Glenn Schumann, Georgia Bulldogs. (Online Athens)
Glenn Schumann, Georgia Bulldogs. (Online Athens) /

Georgia wisely paid a premium to make sure Glenn Schumann did not go back to Alabama.

Good help is hard to find and Kirby Smart knows this all to well when building his Georgia program.

The Georgia Bulldogs do not repeat as national champions without a tremendous coaching staff behind him. While Mel Tucker, Sam Pittman and Dan Lanning have all gone on to lead their own Power Five teams, as well as offensive coordinator Todd Monken going back to the NFL, the next branch ready to sprout off Smart’s coaching tree would have to be Glenn Schumann in due time.

Seth Emerson of The Athletic reported Georgia’s co-defensive coordinator received a salary bump of $805,000 all the way up to $1.9 million. Recently promoted offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will receive $1 million in 2023, in addition to what he is still being paid by Auburn. In fact, every Georgia assistant except for co-defensive coordinator Will Muschamp received a raise in salary.

Keep in mind that Muschamp is still being paid by South Carolina as the team’s former head coach.

With Schumann’s alma mater of Alabama needing to replace its former defensive coordinator Pete Golding this past offseason, Georgia had to pony up some major cash to keep Schumann around.

Truth be told, he is one good year away from getting his own team to lead at the Power Five level.

Georgia pays co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann handsomely to stay put

We have crossed the same threshold with Schumann as we did with Monken, and Lanning before that. Smart knows he is going to lose Schumann at some point to a team of his own. While going back to Alabama could have happened, keep in mind that Schumann has been with former Alabama assistant Smart every step of the way since he took over his alma mater’s team in 2016.

In truth, Schumann might actually be a candidate to replace Saban down the line. We are several years out from that actually happening, but Saban is over 70 and the sport of major college football is absolutely relentless. Odds are Schumann would need to take a lesser Power Five job, or a really high-end Group of Five job, before being ready for the beast that is leading Alabama.

For the time being, you can think it is ridiculous that a co-defensive coordinator is slated to make nearly $2 million for one season, but you don’t know Georgia football. That is the going rate for top assistants at the highest level of the sport. If your program is not willing to pay up, your staff will be gutted, and then where will you be? With the program at its apex, why not go be a big spender?

Schumann sticking with the Dawgs beyond the 2023 college season is gravy at this point anyway.

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