ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia coach Mark Richt has no plans to leave the Bulldogs, according to a statement released today amid reports he was offered and turned down a coaching job at Texas A&M.
"I've said many times Georgia is the place I want to be as long as Georgia will have me," Richt said in the statement. "That has never changed. And it’s gratifying to know Georgia wants me. I have not talked to any other school about a job nor do I have any interest in doing so. My interest is having a great recruiting year and start building toward next season."
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has said there was no truth to reports that Texas A&M was courting Richt for its coaching vacancy, but the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reported earlier this week that unnamed sources said Richt was a candidate for the job and that he has since turned down the school's offer.
Texas A&M hired Houston's Kevin Sumlin as its new coach today.
Richt and McGarity began extension talks on Friday morning. Richt is under contract with Georgia through Dec. 31, 2013, or through a January 2014 bowl game. McGarity said Friday there is no timeline set to wrap up the negotiations.