Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the school through the 2019 season. Richt, who is entering his fifteenth season with the program, already had three years, $3.2 million per year remaining on his contract, but the new deal will increase his annual salary to $4 million per year. Prior to the new deal, the star head coach was only the seventh highest paid coach in the SEC, and the Georgia athletic department felt it was time for a new contract.
“We are very pleased with the direction of our program under Mark’s leadership,” athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement released by the school. “Mark and his staff are making significant strides in all areas of our program, and we look forward to great things in the years to come.”
In nine of Richt’s 14 years at the school, he has recorded at least ten wins, and in 2014, finished 10-3 including a Belk Bowl victory over the Louisville Cardinals. During his tenure, Richt has been among college football’s finest coaches and has consistently overcome turmoil to lead the Bulldogs to a top spot in the ever-difficult SEC.
“I appreciate the confidence that Greg McGarity has in the direction of our football program and how we represent the University of Georgia,” Richt said in a statement. “Our staff has an outstanding work ethic and we are committed to the development of our student-athletes on and off the field.”
Richt’s extension secures his spot atop the Georgia coaching staff and proves to potential recruits that the continuity and success the program has shown in recent years is not coming to an end any time soon. The Bulldogs begin the 2015 season with a home contest against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and open their conference slate against the Vanderbilt Commodores the following weekend.
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