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Assistant coaches' pay continues upwards

Rodney Garner

ATHENS — When Rodney Garner was hired to coach tight ends at Auburn in 1990, he left a job in public relations at PepsiCo, and he took a pay cut.

"Some of my family thought I was crazy to do it," he said. "It's definitely changed." Today, he makes $210,000, and nobody is worried about his sanity anymore. Rodney Garner and Willie Martinez each got hefty raises from the University of Georgia in the last two months, Garner to spurn an overture by LSU and Martinez after being promoted. Their salaries, along with recent shuffling of the...

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