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UGA extends Mark Richt’s contract

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Coming off Mark Richt‘s first SEC East title since 2007, athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed back in December that he had commenced talks on a new contract with his head football coach.

Three months later, the new contract has been confirmed.

In a press release, UGA announced that Richt has agreed to a three-year contract extension.  The new deal means Richt, who will be entering his 12th season at the school this year, is signed through the 2016 season.

The release states that Richt’s current compensation is valued at $2.81 million annually, and that financial details of the new contract are in the process of being finalized.

“The extension is a statement that we are excited to have Mark as our coach and that he is excited about being at Georgia in the years to come,” said McGarity in a statement.

In his 11 seasons at the school, Richt has compiled a 106-37 record and won two SEC championships.  Following back-to-back seasons of 8-5 in 2009 and 6-7 in 2010, however, there was increased chatter that Richt’s backside was seated squarely on the hot seat.

A 10-win season in 2011, though, squashed such talk and led to Richt’s latest contract enhancement.

“I’ve said for many years that I wanted to be at Georgia as long as Georgia wanted me,” said Richt. “I’m excited about where we are with our
program and looking forward to the years ahead.”

In addition to Richt’s extension, the school also announced a two-year contract extension for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.  Grantham, who’s entering his third season with the program, is now signed through the 2014 season.

“Todd has done an outstanding job with our defense and I know our staff and players look forward to his continuing leadership on that side of the ball,” Richt said.

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12 Responses to “UGA extends Mark Richt’s contract”
  1. fitz66 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:33 PM

    Its the normal reaction to todays news of ANOTHER UGA player getting arrested.

  2. mydixienormus says: Mar 12, 2012 12:43 PM

    Are UGA fans pumping their fists in the air with this news??????

    Most are probably saying “I guess this is as good as it gets….”

    Then they hang their shoulders and heads taking a big sigh.

  3. thraiderskin says: Mar 12, 2012 12:54 PM

    hmmm… I would ask “why?”, but the last time I wondered that about an SEC coach, I was told that it takes years and any success in some programs means the man is the right coach for the situation. All I want to know, how many BCS Bowl wins in 11 years?

  4. fitz66 says: Mar 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    Tanning salon operators in Athens rejoice.

  5. Deb says: Mar 12, 2012 1:11 PM

    @thraiderskin …

    I don’t agree that it should take years and years to find success, but he’s coming off winning the division and has won two SEC Championships in his tenure–which isn’t an easy accomplishment. Guess the bigger question is whether they could find someone better, and I doubt it.

  6. thraiderskin says: Mar 12, 2012 1:31 PM

    Its a fair enough question Deb and It is harder to win in the SEC, but if you aren’t looking for better, how do you find it. Decent will only breed decent.

  7. gamustangdude says: Mar 12, 2012 1:44 PM

    Great news for a Great coach.

    GO DAWGS!

  8. lasseter1113 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    I still find it amusing that he was on the proverbial hot seat at the beginning of last season and then went on to win the SEC east and get a three year contract extension. Who knows how the SEC title game would have turned out if those dropped passes would have been touchdowns in the first half???

  9. jonkybon says: Mar 12, 2012 3:30 PM

    @fitz66

    Still UGA has the third least arrests of any SEC program behind Vandy and UK. So what is your point or are you a Vandy fan?

  10. mrslay1 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:56 PM

    donkybon…You must mean SEC east. Arkansas is nowhere to be found in this.

  11. chachooga says: Mar 12, 2012 9:01 PM

    Awesome for Richt. Great guy, great coach.

    It is sooooo annoying how quickly fans in NCAA football turn on coaches these days. It is comical how quickly it can be turned around.

    Last year Richt was good as gone, this year extension.

    Well deserved.

  12. fitz66 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:47 PM

    @jonky

    Since when? I’m calling BS. Every other week in the ajc there is a plater getting busted.

    http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2010/9/1/1663448/the-fulmer-cup-season-closes-and

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