After a productive second season as Georgia offensive coordinator, speculation abounded Death Monken could return to the NFL. Monken eventually opted to stay in Athens, a move that appears to have earned him a significant pay raise.
Dawgs247 confirmed on Thursday that Monken will make $2 million annually in Georgia, according to information obtained through a disclosure request. That salary represents a $750,000 increase from last season, when Monken earned $1.25 million.
Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald was the first to report Monken’s pay rise, which went into effect on January 15. Monken’s raise makes him one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in college football.
Monken was expected to earn $1.4 million in 2022 in the third of his three-year contract. Georgia hasn’t released any information on whether Monken has a new contract or if his current deal has been extended.
Monken has had a successful 2021 season with the Bulldogs. The Georgia offense finished the season in ninth place nationally, scoring offense (38.6) as a crucial part of a team that went 14-1 and captured the program’s first national championship since 1980.
Monken is entering his 30th season as an on-field coach, including 26 at the collegiate level. He came to Georgia after spending four years in the NFL, with stints with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent four seasons on the staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007 to 2010.
Monken turned pro after three years as Southern Miss’s head coach. During that time, the Golden Eagles went 13-25, including a 9-5 result in 2015 that marked the program’s first winning season in four years.
Monken was the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator/quarterback from 2011-2012, having previously played in Jacksonville. Before joining the Jaguars, he coached at LSU, Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech and Eastern Michigan.
For comparison, Georgia will pay co-defensive coordinators Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp $800,000 each in 2022.
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