Bulldogs' Bobo gets new contract, big raise

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Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will work under a new three-year contract, the first multi-year deal in his 13 seasons with the Bulldogs.

Coach Mark Richt revealed the length of Bobo’s contract Thursday afternoon, a day after Georgia released that Bobo is getting a $240,000 raise to bring his annual guaranteed compensation to $575,000.

“I think he deserved a three-year deal because that’s really what’s happening out there in this league,” Richt said. “His salary’s very competitive with his peers. I think he’s earned that.”

Bobo became the fourth-highest-paid offensive coordinator in the Southeastern Conference with the raise. He was quarterbacks coach before taking over as offensive coordinator for his first full season in 2007.

Richt also said that offensive line coach Will Friend will have the additional title of run game coordinator. Friend got a $90,000 raise to bring his total salary to $300,000.

All of Georgia’s assistants got raises.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Jadeveon Clowney has taken out a $5 million insurance policy to protect himself financially during the Gamecocks’ 2013 season.

Clowney said there was never a doubt he would return, but he did use the NCAA’s “Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Program” that permits qualifying athletes in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and ice hockey, to take out a loan to help finance the cost of an insurance policy, which they must repay upon signing a pro contract.

The $5 million is the maximum amount allowed and NCAA spokesman Chris Radford has said such policies cost about $30,000.

NFL

CHARGERS: Released linebacker Takeo Spikes.

The 36-year-old Spikes , a former Washington County standout, has played 15 NFL seasons, including the past two with San Diego.

He has started 215 of his 219 career games played, including all 32 with the Chargers. He has 1,737 career tackles, including 218 with the Chargers.

Spikes has never been on a playoff team. He earlier played with Cincinnati, Buffalo, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The Chargers missed the playoffs the last three seasons.

In a statement Thursday, Telesco called Spikes “a true professional and a class act.”

COLTS: Indianapolis gave Jeff Saturday a chance to fulfill his NFL dream.

On Thursday, he came back to thank the town and the team that embraced his improbable journey from undrafted free agent to NFL star.

Moments after signing his final contract with the Colts, Indy’s longtime center and a key figure in forging a settlement to the 2011 NFL lockout officially retired with the team that brought him into the league 14 years ago.


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