Georgia prepared to pay big money

Georgia can scratch Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster off its list to be the Bulldogs’ next defensive coordinator.

It was a long shot at best that Foster would leave Virginia Tech, where he’s been for so long under Frank Beamer, and make a lateral move to Georgia.

But here’s what is significant about the whole deal: Foster acknowledged that Georgia made a strong push for him. But he’s staying at Virginia Tech after having his deal sweetened. Remember, he was already making $402,000 at Virginia Tech.

So what that tells me is that Georgia is prepared to pay some serious cash to get the right guy in their attempt to restore the edge to the Bulldogs’ defense.

Kansas State’s Vic Koenning is another name connected to the Georgia defensive coordinator job, but he’s also apparently in play at Illinois.

Georgia coach Mark Richt understands how important this hire is for the program, and so does athletic director Damon Evans.

The Bulldogs won’t go the budget route.