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Georgia shells out big bucks for strength and conditioning staff

ATHENS - Georgia's football program is paying its strength and conditioning staff on par with what many position coaches and even coordinators used to be paid.

John Thomas, recently hired as the senior associate director of strength and conditioning, will be paid an annual salary of $140,000, according to documents provided by UGA. Thomas was hired this month after spending the past 20 years as Joe Paterno's strength and conditioning coordinator at Penn State.

Sherman Armstrong, recently hired as UGA's new speed coach, is being paid $85,000. Armstong's official title is associate strength/conditioning specialist.

Joe Tereshinski remains the highest-paid member of the strength staff, at $150,000. Tereshinski, who is in his second year in the position, carries the title of senior director of strength and conditioning.

Tony Gilbert, a former Georgia player, is paid $35,000 as an assistant strength and conditioning specialist.

All of the contracts are for one year.

The lowest-paid assistant coach on Georgia's staff is Bryan McClendon, the running backs coach, at $200,000. McClendon was earning $90,000 as recently as  last year, when he received a bump in order to keep him from an unspecified school.