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Mark Richt can leave Georgia at no cost to him

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Well, this is… unorthodox.

Mark Richt‘s contract negotiations have been ongoing since at least as far back as 2004 — not really; just the end of last year — but the deal was only finalized and announced today.

Some details where already known. Richt will not be getting a pay raise despite an extension that takes him through 2016. But athletic director Greg McGarity, who also received an extension today through 2017, revealed another peculiar part of the agreement: no buyout.

Yep, Richt could walk away tomorrow and not owe UGA a dime (he currently would owe at least $2 million). Now, if he’s fired at the end of the 2012 season, Richt will be owed $4.8 million from UGA. After that, however, the amount will drop to $2.4 million.

“At the end of the day, I’ve always believed that money should not be a determining factor in people stay,” McGarity said. “That should not be an anchor behind somebody’s neck. Life’s too short. … There’s no question that Mark Richt wants to be at the University of Georgia. He and I are in a good place here.”

Richt has been linked to other jobs before, most notably Texas A&M following Mike Sherman‘s termination, but I don’t see any way he leaves on his own.

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12 Responses to “Mark Richt can leave Georgia at no cost to him”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 7, 2012 8:45 PM

    Richt will not leave Georgia on his own, as Ben stated. He may not even leave then, for he has an ever increasing group of Board members who are in his corner. He is a good man and a good mentor to the young men at UGA. Well connected fans and sponsors are expecting more from the Bulldogs this year, especially with their schedule. If they don’t get it, they will make noise, but that is all it will be–noise.

  2. kozbee says: Jun 7, 2012 9:29 PM

    Mark Richt `s Doggs got a fairly easier schedule this season.But how many good seasons has he had with recruiting and not get the job done or even win the conference.In the East conference best out is SC and Georgia is who i think it will be between.Richt is a good recruiter and hope him the best this season or imo he will be let go.Seems injurys haunt them every year.

  3. coolhorn says: Jun 7, 2012 11:36 PM

    “At the end of the day, I’ve always believed that money should not be a determining factor in people stay,” McGarity said. “That should not be an anchor behind somebody’s neck. Life’s too short. … There’s no question that Mark Richt wants to be at the University of Georgia. He and I are in a good place here.” “…Oh, and by the way, if your team is looking for a good coach, give me a call…I know where you can find one AND save yourself some money…”

    There…fixed it for you.

  4. florida727 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    UGA’s non-conference schedule is mostly a walkover with Buffalo, FL Atlantic and GA Southern all having to visit Athens. GA Tech might be a challenge, but that too is in Athens this year. UGA is preseason #7.

    Mark down October 6th. AT South Carolina. With Marcus Lattimore back, that’s the marquee game on the schedule… but if they win the East they’ll have earned it. Their four toughest games are all on the road: Missouri, Auburn, Carolina, and Florida in Jacksonville (at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party).

    I’ll of course be rooting for Florida, but I am a Mark Richt fan, so I’m hoping he goes only 11-1 for the season. Class act. Outstanding coach with great Christian character. Good luck, Coach.

  5. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2012 8:34 AM

    florida727 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 11:42 PM
    UGA’s non-conference schedule is mostly a walkover with Buffalo, FL Atlantic and GA Southern all having to visit Athens. GA Tech might be a challenge, but that too is in Athens this year. UGA is preseason #7.
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    What you say is true, but you left out the reason for the Buff game. In the last 4 years, UGA has played home and away with Okla St and Boise St (both BCS ranked teams). In 2013-14 they play a home/away with Clemson (ACC Champs/favorites). They also play two Div 2 schools in Athens because most all Div 1 want home games also. Its not like Spurrier at SC who only plays cream puffs at home with all three of his free games.

    One year in seven does Richt have a non ranked opponant for one of his three.

  6. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2012 8:42 AM

    kozbee says:
    Jun 7, 2012 9:29 PM
    Mark Richt `s Doggs got a fairly easier schedule this season.But how many good seasons has he had with recruiting and not get the job done or even win the conference.In the East conference best out is SC and Georgia is who i think it will be between.Richt is a good recruiter and hope him the best this season or imo he will be let go.Seems injurys haunt them every year.
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    Mark Richt has had one bad season (the year he brought in a new DC, switched from a 43 to a 34 very late in the summer). He’s been to multiple SEC Championship games and won the SEC title. He might have pulled off the upset and beaten LSU this year if he had one healthy RB. UGA was dominating at half time. Why didn’t he have a stable of RB’s as he does for this coming season? He has one set of rules for everybody and kicked some very talented kids off the team.

    He’s head and shoulders the best coach in the SEC East.

  7. kozbee says: Jun 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    @ jonkybon

    Exactly.Last season Mark/Georgia did some great recruiting and shold be in the hunt again this season but im going to say they will be in a NC game this season or next.Right now Georgia is in the top 5 ranked in recruiting for next season.I think Mark if he is still with Georgia next year will be in the NC game but lets hope he doesn`t build that team for another coach to smile about in 2013.I like Georgia but not a fan but if Georgia should make it to a NC i`ll be one of the first in line to get tickets to see Richt win it all.

  8. normtide says: Jun 8, 2012 1:53 PM

    Richt is a great man, but not a great coach. What has he gotten from the TONS of talent his teams possessed?

  9. abrellbama says: Jun 8, 2012 2:48 PM

    I think Mark Richt is a good person and a good HC. You can’t seriously expect him to win the SEC Championship at this time. Winning the East is a great accomplishment but the WEST Division is way too strong right now. I think you will see LSU and Ga in the SEC Champ game again with LSU winning, AGAIN but that shouldn’t be held against Mark Richt. I just believe this is LSU’s year.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2012 4:14 PM

    There are few coaching jobs that are more desirable than UGA’s, and at least according to SI, those are Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Florida. We could argue about those and a few more (LSU, Alabama, USC, Michigan, and maybe one or two others), but the point is that UGA is a top-tier job that Richt would probably only consider leaving for another top-tier job. If there’s an exception, I would think it would be his alma mater, Miami. Even then, I think they’d have to make some serious commitments to their football program to pry a top name away from a football-dedicated athletics program like UGA’s, because Miami just doesn’t have the money right now to bring its facilities up to top-tier snuff.

  11. tigersgeaux says: Jun 8, 2012 4:21 PM

    abrellbama:

    After the third quarter of the SEC championship last season, only then did I exhale…smile.

    Georgia was prepared to play and Richt had them ready. They gave all they had, but finally LSU’s depth and speed, along with the special teams and defense finally began to dominate. A friend’s father knows Richt well and says what he does in secret for the players and children of northern Georgia is most extraordinary. You stated it well.

    “…with LSU winning, AGAIN…” From your lips/fingertips to God’s ears, I hope.

  12. coolhorn says: Jun 8, 2012 6:35 PM

    Richt is a good football coach, and Georgia’s not quick to pull the trigger like some other schools are. Still, it was less than two years ago when Richt was looking over his shoulder because of all the talk that he might be replaced by Muschamp, or Kirby Smart. College football’s very much a “what have you done for me lately?” business. It pays for college head coaches to keep their resumes updated. There are some surprising openings every year after the bowl season.

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