Georgia's Mark Richt might be in line for a raise

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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia finished ranked in the top five in the nation in both major polls, but Mark Richt is not among the five highest-paid Southeastern Conference coaches.

Georgia coach Mark Richt might be in line for a raise.  FILE/ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
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Georgia coach Mark Richt might be in line for a raise.

That could change.

Richt, who got a contract extension last off-season but no raise, could get a boost to his $2.81 million annual salary at Georgia’s Athletic Association board meeting in February.

“The president and I will have that discussion,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday about talks with university president Michael Adams. “I’m sure we’ll deal with all of football in total and probably have something to say about that at our upcoming February board meeting.”

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was recently hired at an annual salary of $3.2 million, and Tennessee will pay its new coach, Butch Jones, $2.9 million a year. They rank in the SEC behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.32 million), Louisiana State University’s Les Miles ($3.75 million) and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ($3.55 million), according to reports. James Franklin’s salary at Vanderbilt has been reported to be approximately $3 million, but the private school does not release salary figures.

Richt’s performance bonuses were doubled when his contract was reworked and extended through the 2016 season.

He received $150,000 for winning the SEC East, $100,000 for reaching the Capital One Bowl and $100,000 for finishing in the top five.

Georgia lost to Alabama in the SEC title game but was 5 yards away from playing for the BCS crown.

Georgia finished 12-2 and No. 4 in the coaches’ poll and tied for fifth in the Associated Press poll.

Richt is 118-40 at Georgia entering his 13th season.

“I think Mark has done a tremendous job and obviously any time you win 12 games in a season and 22 over two years is a tremendous accomplishment,” McGarity said. “Mark continues to lead our program in an outstanding manner. We’ll just talk through those things in our board meeting coming up.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who drew interest from Virginia Tech for the same position on its staff and was a finalist for the Broyles Award for nation’s top assistant, is already expected to get a raise. Raises for the rest of the staff also could be coming.

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/24/13 - 08:46 am
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Go Dawgs

Sign him up for life!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/24/13 - 09:22 am
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He deserves it.
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Coaching the Number two team in the nation. Go SEC!!!!!

faithson
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faithson 01/24/13 - 11:10 am
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sorry boys

i couldn't pay a guy more for such a stupid a decision as was made on the last play of the championship game no championship with this guy !

Jake
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Jake 01/24/13 - 11:19 am
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Championship

Actually Murray made the last play, not Richt, and maybe it was his only option. I say give him a raise for a job well done or you just might see him leaving at some point.
Vince Dooley was the iconic Georgia coach and had only one national championship. Richt will hopefully get one as well.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/24/13 - 11:37 am
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A raise for choking on the

A raise for choking on the big ones? If he had any integrity, he would voluntarily take a pay cut until he can prove that he can win an important game.

augustadog
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augustadog 01/24/13 - 12:30 pm
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Richt will get us a BCS NC.

Richt will get us a BCS NC. He deserves a raise.
Go Dawgs !

showboat
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showboat 01/24/13 - 12:52 pm
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Give the coach a big raise,
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Give the coach a big raise, when you will 12 games in college, you must be doing something right!!!!!

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scoopdedoop64 01/24/13 - 04:51 pm
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They are all overpaid

Mark Richt deserves to make top dollar for what he does but with that said, all of them are overpaid. Sports in general has made a bunch non-responsible adults who are so overpaid its ridiculous. People who pave roads work as hard as any of those athletes and they get pad so poorly. Our society has its values mixed up.

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