Despite not reaching the BCS Championship Game or any of the BCS bowl games, the coaching staff for the Georgia Bulldogs is still receiving some nice bonuses for appearing in this year's Capital One Bowl. As a matter of fact, the bonuses are part of the reason why the Bulldogs selected this game over others.
Head coach Mark Richt will earn a $100,000 bonus for appearing in the game, with Todd Grantham, the top assistant on Richt's staff, will earn $75,000 for appearing in the bowl game.Had the Bulldogs appeared in games such as the Cotton Bowl, Outback Bowl or the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, the coaches would have received $25,000 less. Other bowl games such as the Liberty, Music or Independence Bowl would have payed even less money in bonuses.
The bonus amounts reflect the Capital One Bowl's status as the top non-BCS bowl game with an SEC tie-in, according to Bulldogs athletic director Greg McGarity:
"It's sort of indicative of where you ended up in the season," McGarity said.
Richt may have additional incentive to coach his team to a win at the Capital One Bowl as a top five finish in the AP or the coaches poll will net him an additional bonus of $100,000.