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UGA board approves Richt raise, extension

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Upon receiving a new contract in May of 2012, Mark Richt wasn’t the beneficiary of any type of pay increase.  This time around?  A nice bump for the Georgia head coach.

At a meeting of the University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors Tuesday, the school board approved a contract extension and raise for the coach.  The meeting has long been considered nothing more than a rubber-stamping of the contractual process.

With the one-year extension, Richt is now signed through the 2017 season.  His total compensation was also increased from $2.81 million to $3.2 million.

That equals the amount given to new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, and puts Richt behind four other SEC coaches based on 2012 pay — Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.316 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($3.751 million) and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ($3.55 million).

Gene Chizik, fired by Auburn following the 2012 season, was at $3.5 million.

“[He’s done a tremendous] job leading our program,” said athletic director Greg McGarity said of Richt. “Twelve wins and the manner in which he’s done it, it’s just something we felt like we needed to do.”

Richt, who will be entering his 13th season at UGA, is coming off two straight SEC East titles and 22 wins the past two seasons.

Through 12 seasons, Richt holds a 118-40 mark as the Bulldogs’ coach.  UGA has not won a conference championship since 2005, and has not qualified for a BCS-level bowl since the 2007 season.

After winning just 14 games in 2009 and 2010, Richt came under tremendous fire and was thought to be on the hot seat entering 2011.  The past two seasons, however, Richt seems to have righted the listing UGA ship.

“I’m honored and very thankful to Dr. Adams, Greg McGarity, and the Athletic Board for their support in what we are working daily to accomplish,” said Richt.  “I look forward along with our staff to preparing this team for the challenges of another season.  From what I’ve heard, our team is working hard in the off-season conditioning program and paying the price necessary to be successful in the Fall.

“I do want to express my gratitude to Dr. Adams for his support and continuing confidence in our program over the years.  He’s been a special supporter who has always been in our corner.  And we look forward to working with President-select Jere Morehead.  He’s been in several roles in the University administration, including a former Faculty Athletics Representative, and always supported our program in every respect.”

It should be noted that the final details of the contract are expected to be completed in short order.

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9 Responses to “UGA board approves Richt raise, extension”
  1. noring4youstill says: Feb 12, 2013 7:59 PM

    Glad to see UGA is excited to continue to be the bridemaids or worse of the SEC.

  2. soobster says: Feb 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    @noring4youstill

    Georgia was 5 yards away from the National Championship Game and has won back to back SEC East titles.

  3. necr0philia says: Feb 12, 2013 9:02 PM

    If he could ever beat one of those other 4 SEC schools then maybe he will get paid like one!!

  4. gbditka says: Feb 12, 2013 10:17 PM

    @noring4youstill

    So how often does Momma hug you for getting that framed GED hanging in your Doublewide Trailer? It gives you the same qualifications as a Bama Football Grad…the world needs people to pick up trash & recycling bins for a living!

  5. PowerMad says: Feb 13, 2013 1:51 AM

    As a UGA fan, this is disappointing. The figures quoted in this story for Richt’s salary are “champions” pay. Richt has only shown, over the past 13 years, that he’s only capable of “competitor’s” pay.

    Four coaches–Nick Saban, Les Miles, Urban Meyer and the overrated Gene Chizik–all came into the premier college football conference in America and won National Championships. A fifth and sixth, Steve Spurrier and Phillip Fulmer, won NCs in the past. So, we’re paying “win-or-place” money for a coach that will always have his program at “show” levels.

    And, despite his moderate success the past two years, he shows no sign or progress toward becoming a champion. You can say all you want about “five yards away for a NC,” but the fact remains that we still didn’t make it. His piss-poor OC notwithstanding, the team wasn’t completely prepared for the past two SEC championship games, just as they weren’t prepared for Colorado, Boise State, South Carolina (three year running), Oklahoma State and Florida (lots). Also, Richt just wants his players to compete. Those other guys want their players to win.

    And so, for all us UGA faithful, we’ll have take what joy we can in very good seasons while waiting for someone else to take us to the promised land. And that’ll only happen when the powers figure out Mark just ain’t no gridiron Moses.

  6. xtremesportsmaniac says: Feb 13, 2013 6:04 AM

    Soobster,
    With UF down regardless of their record this year all the big boys are in the SEC West. Georgia has also benefited greatly the last two years with a very soft SEC schedule.

    Georgia recruits well but Richt is an underachiever.

  7. bigdinla says: Feb 13, 2013 7:15 AM

    How typical gbditka. Someone points out the fact that Mark Richt has under performed and you bring up insults to Alabama. If Richt was a champion, he would not ave to deal with this kind of scorn, but he has NEVER played for a NC despite coaching in one of the most talent rich states in the US.

  8. florida727 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:12 PM

    For all of you taking cheap shots at Richt, I have only one question for you: how does your salary compare to his? Yeah. Thought so.

  9. tlmoon2112 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:26 PM

    I am not a Mark Richt fan (gator here) but he rates the raise. Good for him. Guy had his team 5 yards from a BCS Championship….and yes I believe they would have put the same woopin on ND that Alabama did.

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