Richt, McGarity sign extensions
Georgia coach Mark Richt’s contract has been extended through the 2016 season, with the total salary remaining at about $2.81 million per year.
Also, Richt’s performance bonuses are being doubled.
Athletic director Greg McGarity also is getting a raise and a two-year extension to take his contract through the end of 2017. He will get a $40,000 raise to $500,000 that increases to $550,000 in July 2013.
Under the new contract, Richt won’t have to pay anything to Georgia if he leaves during the length of the contract that runs through Dec. 31, 2016, after that buyout clause was completely removed.
If Richt had left after this season in the old deal, he would have owed a minimum of $2 million.
• Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has agreed on a three-year contract extension, through 2017.
It had been previously announced Swinney would earn more than $1.9 million plus incentives.
Last season, Swinney won the Bobby Dodd Award as national coach of the year, something a Clemson coach hadn’t done since Danny Ford in the national championship season of 1981.
Jaguar is named an All-American
After helping lead Augusta State to the winningest season in school history, Bernardo Fernandes was named an All-American in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Thursday.
Fernandes tallied a 15-8 mark – all at No. 1 singles – and went 3-3 against nationally-ranked opponents. He was ranked as high as No. 30 in the nation in singles and teamed with fellow senior Henrique Boturao for a No. 20 doubles ranking and a 16-11 overall record.
Fernandes helped the Jaguars reach the Division II final four for the first time.
Brees gets new offer from Saints
The New Orleans Saints have made a new contract offer to record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, said a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team and the quarterback have not publicly discussed the new offer. The person did not provide details about financial changes in the new offer, but added, “as always, there is a lot to get through and no deal is imminent.”
• Brian Banks’ NFL dream is alive for one more week, if he chooses to accept Pete Carroll’s offer.
Banks, recently exonerated of rape charges after serving more than five years in prison and another five on parole, was given a tryout by the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.
• It was too much, too soon for Santonio Holmes.
The New York Jets wide receiver pulled himself out of practice during organized team activities Thursday because he was in for “too many reps” after missing some of the voluntary sessions the past few weeks.
Holmes, who recently returned from a goodwill trip to Germany to visit U.S. troops, appeared a bit frustrated as he limped slightly to the sideline and spoke to wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal near the end of the team’s last OTA session before next week’s three-day minicamp.
• The New England Patriots released wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
The former Chad Johnson spent one unproductive season with the team, even though the Patriots went to the Super Bowl.
He had 15 receptions for an 18.4-yard average and one touchdown.