Georgia board approves raise, contract extension for Mark Richt

ATHENS, Ga. — A one-year contract extension and increase in total compensation for head football coach Mark Richt were approved Tuesday by the University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors.

The contract, which will soon be finalized, will include an increase in total compensation from $2.81 million to $3.2 million per year, as well as add an additional year to the contract, now set to run through 2017.

“(He’s done a tremendous) job leading our program,” said Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “Twelve wins and the manner in which he’s done it, it’s just something we felt like we needed to do.”

Richt will be entering his 13th season as head football coach next fall.

“I’m honored and very thankful to (President) Dr. (Michael) Adams, Greg McGarity, and the Athletic Board for their support in what we are working daily to accomplish,” Richt said. “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.

The board also approved the Young Alumni Ticket Program. The program will enable recent graduates to be awarded season tickets without initially making a contribution to the Hartman Fund.

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