Georgia will pay its former defensive line coach Tracy Rocker’s total compensation through the end of this year under a notice of termination letter hand-delivered to him on Feb. 6, according to a copy obtained Friday by Onlineathens.com/Athens Banner-Herald under an open records request.
Rocker was starting the second year of a two-year contract worth $525,000 annually when he was fired in February. At the time, the school only said that Rocker was no longer on the staff. He coached the line for two seasons under Mark Richt and for one under Kirby Smart at Georgia, where he also held the title of associate head coach.
“As we discussed with you, the decision has been made to discontinue your services as Associate Head Football Coach at the university effective Feb. 6, 2017,” the opening of the letter said. There is no reason given in the letter for the termination and Smart has not commented about Rocker since he was fired.
Rocker will continue to be paid his base salary ($350,000) and supplemental compensation ($175,000) through Dec. 31, 2017, minus any amount he earns from other employment of positions during that time period, according to the letter signed by athletic director Greg McGarity, who is noted is serving for the letter as representative of the University of Georgia Athletic Association.
“We wish you well in your future endeavors and thank for your service to the Football Program,” the four paragraph letter ended.
Rocker, a former assistant coach in the NFL and at other SEC schools, signed a general release a day later in exchange for receiving post-termination payments.
Georgia hired Tray Scott from Ole Miss as defensive line coach to replace Rocker the day after Rocker’s departure was confirmed.